Indigenous Status Comparison: Social Health Atlas of Australia

Indigenous Status Comparison

Published: 2019

Introduction

The Indigenous Status Comparison: Social Health Atlas of Australia presents data on a range of population characteristics, including demography, socioeconomic status and some health-related aspects of the population. These data compares indicators between the Indigenous and non-Indigenous population in Australia.

The geographic level is the 408 Indigenous Areas, designed by the Australian Bureau of Statistics for the presentation of data for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Key Findings

Education

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were almost twice as likely as non-Indigenous people to have left school at Year 10 or below, or not to have gone to school; and were 20% less likely to be participating full-time in secondary school education at age 16.

Housing

  • More Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were living in crowded dwellings compared to non-Indigenous people at the 2016 Census, 10.0% compared to 3.5% respectively. The differential was most evident in Northern Territory (32.0% compared to 5.0%) and Western Australia (8.2% compared to 2.1%).

Labour force participation

  • In four out of five of the Indigenous Areas across Australia, unemployment rates among Indigenous people were at least twice the level of the non-Indigenous population; and were more than seven times higher in the Northern Territory.

Immunisation

  • Immunisation rates among Indigenous and non-Indigenous children were relatively consistent; marginally fewer 1 and 2 year old Indigenous children were immunised, however 3% more 5 year old Indigenous children were immunised.

Premature mortality

  • Premature deaths rates (0 to 64 years) were two and a half times higher among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people than non-Indigenous people; 17% higher for deaths from cancer; more than three times higher for deaths from circulatory systems diseases; more than three and a half times higher for deaths from respiratory systems diseases; and more than two and a half times higher for deaths from external causes.

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Indigenous Status Comparison, Social Health Atlas of Australia: Maps

Indigenous Areas (IARE) Single map

The IARE Single Map presents all indicators for all areas allowing users to explore and understand patterns and trends for a range of datasets.

Indigenous Areas (IARE) Double map

The IARE Double Map enables users to select two different indicators to compare on two synchronised maps within the same view. The two indicators selected are also presented as a Scatterplot to assess potential correlations.

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Authored by PHIDU