Census 2016: Meet the 'typical Australian'

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She's married, has two children and two vehicles and graduated year 12. She lives in a home with three bedrooms. They own a three or four bedroom home. He spends less than five hours on domestic work each week, compared with between five and 14 hours a week for the "typical" woman.

The "oldest" Australian lives in Tasmania - with an average age of 42 - while the typical Northern Territorian is the youngest with an average age of 34.

That "typical" Australian couple also owns two cars and have completed their Year 12 studies. A decade ago, the typical migrant in NSW was a 45-year-old female born in England.

Across state lines, the typical Australian varies. The analysis comes before the first census data release on 27 June. "For example, the median age is 38, women are outnumbering men, and the average person was not able or simply couldn't be bothered to engage with the debacle that was our 2016 census".

There were higher proportions of India-born residents in Victoria followed by Italy, Vietnam, Greece and Sri Lanka than any other state or territory, it said.

"The profiles released today will not only show some major attributes of Aussies in 2016 but it will also provide some contrast to a typical Aussie from the first census in 1911".

This typical Australian is a woman who was born in Australia and is of English ancestry. The typical migrant in Queensland was born in New Zealand.

Answer: A 38-year-old female.

The 2016 census was plagued by technical difficulties, after a 43-hour outage caused by the ABS taking the online form down after denial of service attacks.

"Our experience in Census 2006 and 2011 was that online forms produce higher quality data and are quicker to process".

The Bureau said on Tuesday that the census is Australia's "richest data source, giving insight into Australian life, showing how our local communities and nation have changed over time, and helping governments, business and communities plan for the future".

People of Indian-origin have become the largest migrant group in the Australian province of Victoria for the first time in history, Australia's national census has found.