The Average Australian on Australia Day 2017

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Australia is home to 24,341,000 people living in more than 9 million households comprised of more than 300 different ancestries. And while Australians are anything but average, what would a statistically “average” Aussie look like?

Statistically, they are more likely to be female (50.5% of the population) than male (49.5%).

The average Australian is an older Gen Y or younger Gen Xer (born between 1979 and 1981), aged 37 (36 for a male and 38 for a female).

Australians at birth can expect a life expectancy to exceed 80 years, with women on average outliving men by 4 years.

However, our average 36 year old male can expect to live another 45.5 years to 81.5 while the average 38 year old female should get another 47.3 years of life expectancy, taking her to 85.3.

The average Australian adult is employed most likely full time (68% of all employees), gets to work by car (69% of all commuters) and is probably earning $60,330 per year (average of all employees, before tax). After tax, and as a household, their total disposable annual income is $88,551.

They will take 4 days of sick/carers leave (5 for women) and 16 days annual leave in a year and work on average 32 hours per week (women) or 41 hours per week (men).

They live in a capital city (3 in 5 of us) in a household of around 3 people, have around 2 cars for their household, and average 14,000 kilometres per year.

They are paying off their 3-bedroom home, they have lived there for 5 years and have $427,847 equity in their home which is the bulk of their wealth. And they have $65,880 worth of stuff - the total of all of their other household possessions (furniture, equipment, household goods – but not house and cars).

The average Australian identifies their religion as Christianity (61%), has completed Year 12, and gone on to complete a post-secondary qualification. They most likely have had a child, and they live in a household with a pet.

The average Australian man is 178cm tall and weighs 85kg while the average woman is 164cm and weighs 68 kg. The World Health Organisation states that a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 25 to 29 is overweight which is where the average Australian sits with 27 for a male and 26 for a female.

But they are doing something about it and exercise on average 3 times per week, getting 7.2 hours of sleep per night and they also have private health insurance.

And on average they’ve most likely experienced and contributed to the great Australian value of community and mateship. It is a “come in for a cuppa” culture that gives a “no worries” welcome to someone regardless of how average or not they may be.

Happy Australia Day, Australia!

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


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