Indigenous help costs ‘ double’
PUBLIC spending on indigenous Australians is double that of nonindigenous people.
A Council of Australian Governments public expenditure report said higher indigenous disadvantage was the reason for the spending gap, along with their greater eligibility for government services, often more costly to provide in remote areas.
COAG calculates $ 40,228 is spent on indigenous people per head of population compared with $ 18,351 for nonindigenous Australians.
The commonwealth, state and territory governments spent $ 21.9 billion on helping indigenous Australians in 2008/ 09.
Indigenous people continue to have a much lower life expectancy, with men living 11.5 years less and women dying 9.7 years sooner.