Notes on the data: Indigenous status

2016 usual resident Aboriginal population as a percentage of the total Australian population

 

Policy context:  The proportions of the population identifying as Aboriginal in the 2016 Census vary greatly by location, from 25.5% in the Northern Territory to 0.8% in Victoria. Aboriginal people represent the largest proportion of the populations in Greater Darwin (8.7%) and in the remainder of the Northern Territory (51.0%). The next largest proportions were in Queensland, with 6.4% outside of the major urban centres of Brisbane, Gold Coast and Townsville; and 6.2% outside of the major urban centres in New South Wales (Greater Sydney, Illawarra, and Newcastle and Lake Macquarie) [1].

However, the largest numbers of people identifying as Aboriginal in the 2016 Census were in New South Wales (216,176, with 92,400 in Greater Sydney, Illawarra, and Newcastle and Lake Macquarie and 122,924 in the remainder of New South Wales); and in Queensland (186,482, with 81,667 in Greater Brisbane, Gold Coast and Townsville, and 104,011 in the remainder of Queensland). The populations in Darwin and in the remainder of the Northern Territory were 11,960 and 45,590, respectively [1].

References

  1. Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2016 Census community profiles, Canberra: ABS; 2017, accessed 8 August 2017. Available from: www.censusdata.abs.gov.au/census_services/getproduct/census/2016/communityprofile/
 

Notes: The numerator excludes the 6.0% of the population who did not provide their Indigenous status: however, these records are included in the denominator.

Note that percentages may be more than 100% due to the ABS' randomisation of both the numerator and denominator for confidentiality purposes.

 

Geography: Data available by Indigenous Area (also available in the Social Health Atlas of Australia by Statistical Areas Level 2, Population Health Area, Primary Health Network and Local Government Area)

 

Numerator: Aboriginal usual resident population

 

Denominator: Total population

 

Detail of analysis: Total Aboriginal usual resident population as a percentage of the total population

 

Source: Compiled by PHIDU based on the ABS Census of Population and Housing, August 2016

 

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