Community & Economic Statistics

Looking for facts on the Bass Coast Shire region?

Information that could be useful when making decisions about your business or lifestyle is at your fingertips!

The Bass Coast Community Profile can be used to analyse community characteristics, compare areas and understand how they have changed over time. Information includes age and gender profiles, multicultural diversity, housing and family types, incomes, education, employment and family composition for selected areas and Building Permit statistics.

The Economic Profile contains economic and demographic information for Bass Coast. The data presented references industries, workers, tourism and trends. Data includes information on employment, wages and salaries, exports and imports, visitor spend and building approvals. Data is available in tables and/or graphs and is easily exported as required.

Our Community Atlas provides a range of interactive maps including maps on population, ethnicity, education, household type, labour force, how people travel to work, housing tenure and cost, and computer use to compliment the information in community profile.

The Community Forecast looks at Bass Coast's projected growth over the next 20 years. Data is presented in simple, clear tables and charts with concise factual commentary. Forecast is designed to inform community groups, Council, investors, business, students and the general public.  

2011 Census Results

The Census, which takes place every five years, provides a snapshot of Australia's people and their housing - information that Council uses to make informed decisions on what services and facilities our community need. Visit the Australian Bureau of Statistics website at for more information.

Some fast facts on what changed or trended between the 2006 and 2011 Census were as follows:

  • Our resident population, counted during the 2011 Census, was 29,614 (2006: 26,545)
  • Average annual growth since last Census was 2.31%
  • The resident population for Phillip Island was counted at 9,406 (3.12% annual growth)
  • The resident population for mainland Bass Coast was counted at 20,208 (1.96%).
  • The age group with the most population is 60-64 years (2,394 persons).
  • Our most populous town is Wonthaggi/Wonthaggi North (6,879) followed by Inverloch (4,960).
  • The predominant family type is "couples without children".
  • The average household size for the Shire is 2.2 persons.
  • The median age of people residing here is 45 years.
  • The median rental per week in Bass Coast is $235 (highest $390 Silverleaves; lowest $80 Wattle Bank). The Victorian median is $277.
  • The median individual weekly income is $492 (highest $575 Kilcunda; lowest $366 Coronet Bay). The Victorian median is $561.
  • The median monthly housing loan repayment is $1,300 compared to the Victorian median of $1,700.

2016 Census

Australia's next Census of Population and Housing is scheduled for 9 August 2016.

Key messages for the 2016 Census are:

  • It is important that everyone participates as the Census provides a full and accurate snapshot of our diverse nation to support informed planning for the future
  • It will be a“Digital First” Census with more than two-thirds of the population expected to complete their Census form online
  • The online Census form is designed to be used easily and securely on a variety of devices from smart phones to desktop computers
  • In some areas of Australia it will still be necessary to use the traditional method of delivery and these households can expect a visit from one of our field staff
  • Paper forms will still be available for anyone who needs one, and they'll be fast and easy to obtain
  • The Census is fast, easy and secure. By going online, the Census is also more environmentally friendly and reduces costs to the community
  • To conduct the Census, the ABS will be recruiting a large temporary work force in various field roles. Advertising for these roles will commence in Feb 2016. However, a register of interest is already open. So if you know people who may be interested please encourage them to register their interest in these roles via the ABS Website Careers Portal.

Key Census dates:

  • 1 February 2016 – Area Supervisor recruitment begins
  • 2 May 2016 – Field Officer recruitment begins
  • 1 August 2016 – Delivery of instruction letters and forms begins
  • 9 August 2016 – Census night
  • Mid-2017 – The first results from the 2016 Census released.
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