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The first data from the 2011 Australian Census of Population and Housing was released today, 21 June 2012, by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).
The Census was conducted in August 2011, and aims to provide information about the population's characteristics and its housing, within small geographic areas, to support planning, administration, policy development, and evaluation activities in the public and private sectors.
In 2011, 548,370 Australians identified as being of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander origin. Of these, 90% identified as Aboriginal only, 6% as Torres Strait Islander only, and 4% as being of both Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander origin.
Of the Indigenous population, 33% reported living in capital city areas, particularly in the states of South Australia (51%) and Victoria (47%). In contrast, 80% of the population who both identified as Indigenous and who were counted in the Northern Territory lived outside the capital city area, with similar statistics reported in Queensland (73%).
Core demographic data from the Census can be found online through Census products such as QuickStats and Community Profiles. Detailed analysis is also available from articles in the ABS publication Reflecting a nation: stories from the 2011 Census. Further information on data products and release schedule is found in the ABS publication Information paper: Census of population and housing - products and services, 2011.
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics
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