Notes on the data: Indigenous status

Aboriginal population as per cent of total population, 2006 Experimental Estimated Resident Population

 

Policy context:  The Experimental Estimated Resident Population is based on the 2011 Usual Resident Population, adjusted for under-estimation etc. as determined from the ABS post-Census enumeration survey. The extent of undercoverage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians in the 2011 Census and the relatively small sample size of the Post Enumeration Survey to adjust for that undercoverage means the estimates should be interpreted with a degree of caution [1].

The final estimated resident Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population of Australia as at 30 June 2011 was 669,900 people, or 3% of the total Australian population [1]. This population estimate represents a large increase in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population estimates from the estimate of 517,000 for 30 June 2006.

Of the states and territories, the largest populations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians lived in New South Wales (208,500 people) and Queensland (189,000 people). The smallest population of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians lived in The Australian Capital Territory (6,200 people). Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians comprised 30% of the population of the Northern Territory, the highest proportion of any state or territory [1].

Reference

  1. Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). Estimates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, June 2011. (ABS Cat. no. 3238.0.55.001). Canberra: ABS; 2013.
 

Notes:  The Experimental Estimated Resident Population (Experimental ERP) has a total of 517,043 Aboriginal persons compared with the 2006 Census-based Usual Resident Population of 455,016. The ABS has not produced an Estimated Resident Population at the SLA level from the 2011 Census.

 

Numerator:  Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islanders (Experimental ERP)

 

Denominator:  Total population (Experimental ERP)

 

Detail of analysis:  Aboriginal population as a per cent of total population

 

Source:  Compiled by PHIDU based on ABS Experimental Estimated Resident Population, 2006

 

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