Cen­sus says in­dige­nous num­ber 2.8 per cent

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

THE first re­sults of the 2016 Cen­sus of Pop­u­la­tion and Hous­ing, re­leased by the Aus­tralian Bu­reau of Statis­tics (ABS) this week, show that Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der peo­ples rep­re­sented 2.8 per cent of the pop­u­la­tion counted in the 2016 Cen­sus – up from 2.5 per cent in 2011, and 2.3 per cent in 2006.

Of the 649,200 peo­ple who re­ported be­ing of Abo­rig­i­nal and/or Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der ori­gin in 2016, 91 per cent were of Abo­rig­i­nal ori­gin, 5 per cent were of Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der ori­gin, and 4.1 per cent re­ported be­ing of both Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der ori­gin.

While the North­ern Ter­ri­tory has Aus­tralia’s high­est pro­por­tion of Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der peo­ple (25.5 per cent of the NT pop­u­la­tion), New South Wales is home to the high­est num­ber, with more than 216,000 peo­ple of Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der ori­gin.

The Cen­sus also re­vealed the Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der pop­u­la­tion is younger than Aus­tralia’s over­all pop­u­la­tion, with a me­dian age 23 years in 2016.

This is sub­stan­tially younger than the me­dian age for non-In­dige­nous Aus­tralians, who had a me­dian age of 38 years in 2016.

There have been in­creases in in­come lev­els within the Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der pop­u­la­tion since the 2011 Cen­sus, with me­dian weekly house­hold in­come in­creas­ing from $991 to $1203.

One in 10 Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der peo­ple re­ported speak­ing an Aus­tralian In­dige­nous lan­guage at home, ac­cord­ing to the 2016 Cen­sus.

A to­tal of 150 Aus­tralian In­dige­nous lan­guages were spo­ken in homes in 2016, re­flect­ing the lin­guis­tic di­ver­sity of Aus­tralia’s Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Is­lan­der pop­u­la­tion.

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