Typical Aussie, a 38-yr old woman: census

Colin Brinsden and Amber Wilson
(Australian Associated Press)

The typical Australian was once pegged as a young, blond haired, suntanned male surfer.

Today, she’s a 38-year-old married mother of two, and she’s more likely to be working the property market than negotiating the waves.

The changed profile of the typical Australian has been revealed in the 2016 census results complied by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Australia’s ‘new normal’ has completed Year 12, lives in a house with three bedrooms and two cars, does five to 14 hours of housework each week, and is the daughter of Australian-born parents with English heritage.

Melbourne’s Kath Vinson fits the bill – she’s married with two kids and works as a school teacher while maintaining strong ties with her local community.

And unlike the easy, carefree reputation of her predecessor, an average day in her life is far from laidback.

“(It’s) crazy, it’s get up at 6, out the door by 6.15, drop the kids at daycare for school, go to work – I start my work at 7am. I’m a school music teacher and I start classes at 7am,” Mrs Vinson told AAP.

“Then when I finish work I do everything in reverse, pick the kids up, make dinner, put the kids in bed.

“Weekends are sport on Saturday and music lessons for the kids and I have meetings for my part-time business on the side. Sundays are church and in the afternoon visit family.”

She says she’s not sure if being the ‘typical’ Australian holds much meaning for her.

“It’s nice to know that I’m typical but then I started to wonder about the median age being 38 and not younger – are we getting older as society and is that something we should be concerned about?”

Across state lines, the typical Australian varies. The typical Tasmanian is the oldest at 42 while the youngest at 34 is found in the Northern Territory.

The “typical” Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander is a lot younger at 23 and is also female.

The census questioned households on gender, incomes, occupations, dwellings, transportation, ancestry, languages spoken and religion.

The 2016 census of 24 million Australians will be remembered as the one that nearly didn’t happen

Conducted online on the night of August 9, it was marred by cyber attacks which prompted the bureau to shut it down for almost two days.

It resulted in IBM paying out millions of dollars in compensation for its role in the botched survey.

The full census results will be released from June 27.


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