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There were approximately 39,114 Indigenous males and 38,493 Indigenous females living in WA at 30 June 2011 according to ABS projections (based on the numbers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people counted in the 2006 Census of Housing and Population) .
The WA Indigenous population represents around 3.3% of the total WA population and 13.5% of the total Australian Indigenous population (estimated to be 574,874 at 30 June 2011). Figures from the 2006 census reveal that over one-third of WA’s Indigenous people live in the Perth metropolitan area, where they comprise 1.5% of the total population (Table 1) . The next most populous geographical region is Narrogin, where 14.5% of the State’s Indigenous population live and comprise 2.6% of the total population of that region. The geographical region of Derby had the highest proportion of Indigenous people (63% of the population of the jurisdiction . More than two-fifths (41%) of the Indigenous population of WA lived in remote or very remote areas at 30 June 2006 compared with only 6.8% of the total population2 .
|Region||Indigenous population (no.)||Proportion of total Indigenous population of WA (%)||Proportion of total population of jurisdiction (%)||Proportion of population status unknown (%)|
Source: Derived from ABS (2007) .
Figure 1: Population pyramid of Indigenous and non-Indigenous populations in WA, 2011