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4703.0 - Framework for Measuring Wellbeing: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, 2010  
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Contents >> Who is Indigenous?

WHO IS INDIGENOUS?


The ABS considers, for statistical purposes, an Indigenous person to be anyone who identifies themselves, or is identified by another household member, as being a person of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander origin. Outside of the ABS in broader Australian society, an individual who is recognised by their community as a person of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander origin may also be considered to be Indigenous.

At 30 June 2006, the estimated Indigenous population was 517,200, an overall proportion of 2.5% of the Australian population. An estimated 53,000 people or 10% of the Indigenous population were of Torres Strait Islander origin.

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