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by Australian Bureau of Statistics
||Australian Bureau of Statistics
||29 October 2010
||ABS Catalogue no 4704.0
The information included in this report is taken from a variety of sources. This report highlights that Aboriginal and Torres Strait people make up 2.5% of the Australian population and is young compared to the rest of the population. The key findings include:
- The estimated resident population in 2006 was 517,000 people.
- The median age for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people was 21.0 years compared to 37.0 years for the non-Indigenous population.
- 68% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people reside in rural and remote locations and 32% reside in urban locations.
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have a lower life expectancy than non-Indigenous Australians. From 2005-2007 the gap was 11.5 years for males and 9.7 years for females.
- Life expectancy for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander males at birth is estimated to be 67.2 years and for females is 72.9 years.
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander language and culture is strong.
- Socio-economic outcomes continute to improve; 22% completed year twelve in 2008.
- More people completed non-school qualifications; 40% of people aged 25-64 years in 2008, compared to 32% in 2002.
- The unemployment rate fell from 23% in 2002 to 17% in 2008, but remains five times higher than the rate for non-Indigenous unemployment which was 5% in 2008.
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