Census 2016 – Lyne electorate: How do we compare?

Compared to the rest of Australia, people in Lyne are generally older. We have significantly less people with a university education and three quarters of the popular is of Christian faith.

The statistics follow, but first let’s define the federal electorate of Lyne. 

Lyne covers an area from Ballengarra in the north to Paterson and Karuah in the south and inland to the western boundaries of the shires of Greater Taree, Port Macquarie – Hastings, Gloucester, Dungog and Maitland (part). The main towns include Bonny Hills, Bulahdelah, Dungog, Forster, Gloucester, Gresford, Harrington, Hawks Nest, Lake Cathie, Lansdowne, Laurieton, Nabiac, North Haven, Old Bar, Paterson, Smiths Lake, Stroud, Taree and Wauchope.

The average age in Lyne is 50 years, compared with the NSW average of 38 and and the Australian average, also 38.

Children aged 0 - 14 years made up 16.5 per cent of the population of Lyne and people aged 65 years and over made up 27.6 per cent of the population.

Registered marital status

Married: 51.2 per cent, NSW average 48.7 per cent, Australia 48.1 per cent

Separated: 3.9 per cent, NSW 3.1 per cent; Australia 3.2 per cent

Divorced: 11 per cent, NSW 8.4 per cent; Australia 8.5 per cent

Widowed: 7.9 per cent, NSW 5.4 per cent, Australia 5.2 per cent

Never married: 26.1 per cent, NSW 34.4 per cent, 35 per cent

Social marital status

Registered married: 51.1 per cent, NSW 48.3 per cent, Australia 47.7 per cent

Defacto: 10 per cent; NSW 9.4 per cent, Australia 10.4 per cent

Not married: 38.9 per cent, NSW 42.3 per cent, Australia 41.9 per cent


Preschool: 6.1 per cent, NSW 5.7 per cent, Australia 4.8 per cent

Primary – government: 20.9 per cent, NSW 18 per cent, Australia 18.2 per cent

Primary – Catholic: 4.5 per cent, NSW 5.3 per cent, Australia 5.3 per cent

Primary – other non government: 2.4 per cent, NSW 2.9, Australia 3.2 per cent

Secondary – government: 15.4 per cent, NSW 11.6 per cent, Australia 11.5 per cent

Secondary – Catholic: 2.4 per cent, NSW 3.4 per cent, Australia 3.9 per cent

Secondary – other non government: 2.4 per cent, NSW 3.4 per cent, Australia 3.9 per cent

Technical or further education institution: 6.8 per cent, NSW 6.2 per cent, Australia 5.9 per cent

University or tertiary institution: 5.8 per cent, NSW 16.2 per cent, Australia 16.1 per cent

Other: 1.6 per cent, NSW 2.7 per cent, 2.8 per cent

Not stated: 29.5 per cent, NSW 23 per cent, Australia 23.7 per cent

In Lyne (Commonwealth Electoral Divisions), 27.0 per cent of people were attending an educational institution. Of these, 27.8 per cent were in primary school, 22.4 per cent in secondary school and 12.6 per cent in a tertiary or technical institution.

People – Cultural and diversity


Australian: 33.8 per cent, NSW 22.9 per cent, Australia 23.3 per cent

English: 32.8 per cent, NSW 23.3 per cent, Australia 25 per cent

Irish: 8.4 per cent, NSW 7.5 per cent, Australia 7.6 per cent

Scottish: 7.9 per cent, NSW 5.9 per cent, Australia 6.4 per cent

German: 3 per cent, NSW 2.4 per cent, Australia 3.1 per cent

Religious affiliation

Anglican: 28 per cent, NSW 15.5 per cent, Australia 13.3 per cent

No religion (as stated): 24.3 per cent, NSW 25.1 per cent, Australia 29.6 per cent

Catholic: 20.2 per cent, NSW 24.7 per cent, Australia 22.6 per cent

Not stated: 9.1 per cent, NSW 9.2 per cent, Australia 9.6 per cent

Uniting Church: 5.6 per cent, NSW 2.9 per cent, Australia 3.7 per cent

In Lyne (Commonwealth Electoral Divisions), Christianity was the largest religious group reported overall (71.4 per cent).


Family composition

Couple family without children: 49.6 per cent, NSW 36.6 per cent, Australia 37.8 per cent

Couple family with children: 33 per cent, NSW 45.7, Australia 44.7 per cent

One parent families: 16.2 per cent, NSW 16 per cent, Australia 15.8 per cent

Single or lone parents

Male: 19.8 per cent, NSW 17.8 per cent, Australia 18.2 per cent

Female: 80.2 per cent, NSW 82.2 per cent, Australia 81.8 per cent