2902.0 - Census Update (Newsletter), Nov 2003  
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Population Characteristics, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians

Population Characteristics, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians (cat. no. 4713.0) presents a range of demographic, economic and social statistics for the Indigenous population, based on data from the 2001 Census.

This publication includes information on the structure and distribution of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population; language, religious affiliation and ancestry; education and use of information technology; work; income; housing and transport; and household composition.

Selected data from previous censuses are included for comparison, along with data for States and Territories and Remoteness Areas.
This publication contains a range of data that makes it extremely useful for Indigenous organisations and communities, governments, and policy makers, as well as being of interest to the general public.

For more information contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or download Population Characteristics, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians (cat. no. 4713.0).

Interesting Facts

At the 2001 Census:

Households with Indigenous person(s) tended to be larger than Other households (an average of 3.5 persons per household compared with 2.6).

Households with Indigenous person(s) were much more likely to be renting their home (63%) rather than purchasing (19%) or owning their home outright (13%).

Indigenous persons were half as likely as non-Indigenous persons to have completed Year 12.

20% of Indigenous persons in the labour force were unemployed compared with 7% of non-Indigenous persons.

The mean equalised gross household income for Indigenous persons was $364 per week, compared with $585 for non-Indigenous persons.