50 Surprising Statistics about Australia

Monday, June 30, 2014
As Australia's social researchers, we love research that takes the pulse of the nation and reveals something of who we are.  We are passionate about research that is engaging and that tells a story.  So here are 50 interesting statistics about Australia that we hope are useful to you. 

  1. If Australia was a city, at 23.5 million it would still only be the world’s 7th largest (after Tokyo, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Jakarta, Seoul and Delhi) Find out more
  2. Western Australia grows by more people every 48 hours than Tasmania adds every year (500 people). 
  3. Tax rates might be rising but Australia’s death rate continues to decline and is at an all-time low. And Sydney is the state capital with the lowest probability of death (5.3 deaths per 1,000) while Darwin and Hobart have the highest capital city death rates (6.6). Find out more
  4. Today’s baby boom is twice as large (exceeding 310,000 annual births) than when the original Baby Boom began in 1946 (less than 150,000 births).
  5. Within a decade, couple only households (currently 30% of all households) will be Australia’s most common household type - more numerous than couple and kids households (currently 33%).
  6. Only 1 in 10 Australians use public transport to get to work and more people walk to work than catch a bus! Find out more
  7. More than half of all households (54%) have at least 2 cars, and there are almost as many passenger vehicles (13.3 million) as there are adults in Australia!
  8. The number of Australians identifying their religion as Christianity is 8 times larger than all other religions combined. Find out more
  9. The average street of 100 households has 10 babies (aged under 3), 27 cats and 45 dogs! Find out more
  10. 1 in 10 households has a net worth exceeding $1.6 million, and 1% of households have wealth above $5 million. Find out more
  11. In Australia there are almost 100,000 more women than men, with 6 out of our 8 states and territories experiencing a man drought. Find out more
  12. Australia grows 40% by natural increase and 60% by net overseas migration, and our growth rate (1.8%) is well above the world’s growth rate (1.1%). Find out more
  13. Whilst approximately 1 in 5 (22%) Australians are Baby Boomers, they own over 50% of the nation’s private wealth. Find out more
  14. Three decades ago the median age of an Australian was 30.5, today it is 37.3 and in 2044 it is projected to be 40. Find out more
  15. Life expectancy at birth three decades ago was 76, today it is 82 and in 2044, it is projected to be more than 90. Find out more
  16. 2 in 5 Australians (40%) skip breakfast at least once a week, and half of them (20%) skip breakfast most days. Find out more
  17. The average Australian spends 10 hours and 19 minutes each day on screen time – and due to ‘multi-screening’ this is achieved in just under 8 hours of linear time. Find out more
  18. By the time Generation Z (5-19 year olds) begin to retire (beginning in 2063) the average annual earnings will exceed $222,000 while the median capital city house price will be $2.5 million. Find out more
  19. Nearly two fifths (39%) of babies born in Australia each year are named one of Australia’s Top 100 baby girl or boy names – that’s 124,624 babies taking a Top 100 name! Find out more
  20. If you lived on an average sized street in Australia comprised of 100 households, on that street there would be a marriage every 9 months, a death every 7 months and a birth every 14 weeks. Find out more
  21. The average Australian stays with their employer just 3 years and 4 months – only a third of the way towards long service leave! If this plays out in the lifetime of a school leaver today it means they will have 17 separate employers in their lifetime across an estimated 5 different careers. Generation Z Infographic Find out more
  22. Sydney makes for a fascinating study in populations by gender, with Pyrmont having 3.6% more males than females whereas the next suburb over the Anzac bridge, Balmain, has 8.7% more females than males. Find out more
  23. Victoria is the state with the highest ratio with females to males (98 males to every 100 females), with 58,399 more women than men. Find out more
  24. The year the queen came to the throne (1952), just 40 Australians turned 100. Last year, more than 2600 Australians turned 100. Find out more
  25. Currently there are almost 105 baby boys born for every 100 baby girls born in Australia Find out more
  26. The average age of a worker in the retail sector is 33, the average age of someone in the education sector is 42, and the average age of someone employed in aged care exceeds 48. Find out more
  27. On average, women in Australia outlive men by 4 years. Find out more
  28. The most widely said ‘Australianisms’ are ‘no worries’ (74% of Australians have used this phrase), ‘arvo’ (73%), and G’day (71%). Find out more
  29. Less than half of Australians use rhyming slang such as ‘Joe Blake’ (snake) – 44%, ‘Captain Cook’ (look) – 28%, and ‘Frog and Toad’ (road) – 25%.
  30. Swimming costumes in Queensland are known as ‘togs’, in NSW ‘cossies’, but in Victoria, ‘bathers’, and while Victorians use the word ‘cantaloupe’, in the rest of the country the fruit is known as ‘rockmelon.’ Find out more
  31. What is a ‘milkbar’ in Queensland is a ‘deli’ in WA, and while Western Australians use the term ‘boonie,’ in NSW it’s a ‘westie’ and in Queensland it’s a ‘bogan.’ Find out more
  32. Australia is currently growing by 1 million every 2 years – that’s one new Canberra per year, or a new Darwin every 14 weeks! 
  33. Even though Sydney has 400,000 more people than Melbourne, Melbourne has 58,568 more people who drive to work than Sydney. Find out more
  34. Sydney has as many people who get to work by train (almost 187,760) as the rest of Australia combined. Find out more
  35. In Canberra there are 2 female bicycle commuters for every 5 males while in Brisbane there are just 2 for every 10 male bicycle commuters. Find out more
  36. Melbourne’s iconic trams carry 4 times as many people to work as Sydney’s iconic ferries. Find out more
  37. The average Australian car drives 14,000 kilometres per year which means Australians, in their more than 13 million vehicles drive a combined 182 billion kilometres annually – that’s to Pluto and back 20 times per year! Find out more
  38. Melbourne has more bicycle commuters than any other city in Australia (25,594). In fact 41% of all women who ride to work in Australia live in Melbourne. Find out more
  39. Three decades ago almost 2 in 3 Australians were married while today less than half are, and the “never married” proportion of Australians has increased from 1 in 4 to 1 in 3. Find out more
  40. Three decades ago the average full time worker took home just under $19,000 per year in a time when the average house price was less than $150,000. Today annual earnings exceed $73,000 with the average house price in most capital cities exceeding $520,000. Find out more
  41. Over half of Australians (54%) go down the health food aisle as part of their weekly shop. Find out more
  42. 1 in 4 Australians (24%) has a university degree but for Generation Y it is more than 1 in 3 and based on the current trends for Generation Z it is forecast that 1 in 2 will end up with a university degree.
  43. Of meals consumed at home, over one third of Australians (36%) eat most of their meals on the sofa while watching TV. Find out more
  44. There are more people in Sydney today than lived in all of Australia a century ago.
  45. In the last 100 years, Australia has only planted two new cities, Canberra (now our 8th largest) and the Gold Coast (now our 6th largest). Find out more
  46. Australians have had 3 months of life expectancy added for every 12 months of time for each of the last 100 years. Find out more
  47. A quarter of Australians (27%) were born overseas and almost half of Australian households (46%) had at least one parent born overseas. Find out more
  48. More than half of the population state that they are about average in happiness, 29% say they are happier than average, and 17% are less happy than the average. Find out more
  49. The average age of a first marriage is 29.8 for men and 28.1 for women and on average men first become a dad at 33 years of age while women have their first child at 30.7 years of age. Find out more
  50. The baby names which have been the most popular over the last few years (William, Jack, Charlotte and Emily) were also amongst the most popular baby names in Australia a century ago. Find out more.

Welcome to our blog...

We have a passion for research that tells a story, that can be presented visually, that brings about change and improves organisations. And we hope these resources help you know the times.

Our Social Media Sites

Facebook | McCrindle Research Social Media YouTube | McCrindle Research Social Media Twitter | McCrindle Research Social Media Flickr | McCrindle Research Social Media Pinterest | McCrindle Research Social Media Google Plus | McCrindle Research Social Media LinkedIn | McCrindle Research Social Media Mark McCrindle Slideshare

Last 150 Articles


Melbourne optimistic news financial future waverton google for education social trends affordability FPA ACT infographic wall Australian Trends financial planning parents future networking follow financial independence social enquiry click FOMO educhat business performance winter experience new york times collaborative ACF2017 high density shopper's pick business index menai trends analyst volunteering residents renting brands new office marriages earnings baby boom housing affordability newspaper presentation property royal influence public speaker belief area social issues budget Bathburst list marrickville SMSF professional apartments house price rise pharmacies study mythbusting investing schools local communities divorce rate population map trends of 2017 Caregiver curiosity communications royal australian google hornsby tableau rent ethnography office space speakers pack workplace culture pharmacy Hills Shire Council capital cities youth unemployment forum digital tertiary education weather sunny days challenge rising house prices coffee lovers celebration acf15 Australian Dream paying to work workforce dreaming social commentary professional services entrepreneurs of today names The ABC of XYZ skills commute omnibus employmer Australian Communities Trends charity holiday financial buildings food bank narcissism Work place Geoff Brailey McCrindle Speakers repayments norwest house prices national private wealth 2020 recap spirituality global generations the great screenage Andrew Duffin James Ward WA entrepreneur salary alpha poker master online motivate rise of local baby names australia report Northern Beaches Christian School environmental scanning Sydney keynote speaker English TDE Res Vis ease of travel screenage balance changing face of sydney Word Up engagement research pack cartodb Crime Rates hills award winner social teach employment cash friends university research visualisation baby university degree census education future neutral bay South Australia Cobbitty-Leppington equip mateship shbc high density apartments the average aussie Charlotte media social researchers sunburnt country cica national wealth NBRS Architecture daily commute royal family Duchess of Cambridge generation alpha wealth and income demographer hobart woolworths baby name predictions population growth global Christchurch research teachers house Channel Seven population milestone future of shopping australian communities forum Valentine’s Day CPI ageing population staff weekly earnings speakers financial fears visual social change typical australian anzac cancelling plans collaboration trends forecast educated debate growing population Scouts society trends young people gold coast shopping sydney speaker slideshare selfie going out ashley mckenzie safe home eliane year 7 Northern Territory social researcher wages rental stress trades school students house price career in the media property market dare to dream mccrindle participants increasing densification monarchy unemployment social impact conference debt affordable focus groups workshop Assistant Store Manager australian social research What is food insecurity? stats Hornsby Shire Council emerging trends government women proactive infographics sydney hills finance cancelling event rule keeper earn manly media commentary baby name media release infographic New Zeland Channel 7 income staying in sector wide internet REIV National Conference generations wealth inequality Sydney’s south west toys event spend work mates SRE TAS mover and shaker royal baby results NSW NT researcher census 2016 living average aussie teacher Do It Yourself January 26th crime New Zealand learn Northern beaches Event hopes cultural diversity growth christianity visualisation storytelling friendship families men care support entertainment leadership workshop census data Tasmania domestic panel princess charlotte office education future report 2016 census results teleworking contiki dreams the australian dream money trend purpose futurist suburban living Australian demographics outsourcing lalor park ABS year 12 publication cars jobs of the future brand Kiwi environment baby names report hills shire future of work Queensland faux-ciliser property price aged care Real Estate Institute of Victoria Mount Annan-Currant Hill language speaker World Water Day demographic transformations perth impact high density living sector wide study households DESTEL marriage wealth and income distribution define Education Future Forum sustainable geomapping bus February 16 VIC 10 years innovative internship Deaths mining boom conference speaker Queensland: QLD charities conferences blaxland shopping centre parenting resilience faux-cilising research services EFF culture mortgage Northern Beaches gig Elderslie-Harrington park transport urban living sydneysider focus group cold retirement not-for-profit travel wolloomooloo priorities cloudy days ACF17 breakfast builders public speaking technology media activity mccrindle tea train mccrindle in the media state mythbusters engage communicate case study volunteers faith criminal middle class moderators guide Financial Planning Week goals nfp mentor Research Executive ACF 2016 The Daily Edition innovation easy rider chairty gender student tv father's day entrepreneurial learner Royals economy trends of 2016 future-proof prince george culturally diverse annual income twentyseventeen donation investor market research christian Skilling housing 24 million bureau vegetarian Financial Planning Association of Australia gen z logan aged care puzzle community engagement youth emerging generations christmas future of education economic trend tuesday optus my business awards community wedding Financial Planning Association 1980 Australian Home giving IT Specialists careers tips average sydneysider data visualisation sun consumerism Generation Y non profit baby names NBRS darwin Australia Day 2017 Mark McCrindle socialites rain learning styles population authenticity Wellington not for profit coffee sentiments fears millenials relevant potts point New South Wales church leadership 24,000,000 VET millionth Aussie personal growth housing trends local community Sydney Hills Business Chamber pyrmont training Canberra mccrindle research casual 2016 census communication award investment sector demographics financial dreams sydney metro Australian Bureau of Statistics wage 40 million commuters keynote speaker Australian community trends thought leadership SA social research local the hills shire cooking 2017 couple food school satisfaction land of the middle class gig economy change sydney event education sector Netflix Australia Day Wodonga kate middleton community event story seasons sydneysiders holidays offenders GPO cultural diveristy medicine faux-cilise customer clothing greatness global financial crisis wealth TEDx earning forecasting ipswich moreton bay 1994 relational Australian Families poor eliane miles Willowdale daily telegraph wellbeing school organisations socialising qualitative research employers ageing micro apartments 23 million Engineering Manager ashley fell urban jobs census results in depth interviews System's Architect housing market urban living index marketing children brisbane future proofing world youth day politics NEETs brand experience Australian Population real consumer mother's day Generation X apartment video research report Wagga Wagga Jura Coffee data analyst group choice workers education events village demography social commentator Love cost presentations winter blues australians staying home more employmee baby boomers tea the lucky country the hills millennials statistics TED plans meetings facts insight volunteer generation Z data social lives snapshot sydneycity australian real estate ACT Report TED talk young australians family demographic trends city child care rich crows nest identity survey design cancel plans suburbs optus thrive intern HSC social media #censusfail emerging technologies quote SMART 2015 etiquette Western Australia stay home gen alpha society workplace ferry Kirsten Brewer grandparents townhouses deloitte communities office opening suburb food insecurity Social Trend 1975 Adelaide ACF water learning Christmas season Sydney Aussies census fail home ownership meals personalities Gen Y home owner students goal public holiday renter of the future education research organisational culture happiness long weekend Christmas presents internships NFP event Gen X Australians PSI average Australian tuesday energy 2012 summer litter responsive sports dream professional development graphs owning a home Research Director VET sector bondi vegemite dessert research data Jura Australia housing growth small business states healthy future teaching high school Australian schools victoria travelling generational trends wealth distribution research on coffee religion 2013 household Births overcast life showreel keynote micro Australian communities unaffordable demographic aussie culture australian communities trends report post rationalism work-life Merry Christmas CBD "know the times" program REIV Conference product generation live the dream speajer supply and demand Macquarie University Tuesday Trends lifestyle Tuesday Trend fresh world urban taskforce the changing face of interactive Vocational education low density social shifts car hello fresh megatrends easter McCridle grave decision DIY group session huffington post Myth conference presentation mobile australia Population Clock tattoos social life baby name trends social analysis Territory 2014 Australian Census resource professional presenters analysis know the times leader professional speaker survey capital city donate national crime rates shifts work insights schools students Australia street divorce not for profit research volunteering data business 2016 cost of living JOMO hunger 1968 ultimo future proof ideas online shopping report australian community trends report Christmas lunch Real Estate