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3106.0 - Demography News, Nov 2004  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 02/12/2004   
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ABS Releases Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Population Estimates and Projections

On 27 September 2004, the ABS released estimates of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population of Australia from 1991 to 2001, and projections for each year to 2009 in Experimental Estimates and Projections, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians (ABS cat. no. 3238.0). These estimates and projections are based on the 2001 Census of Population and Housing. Population estimates for June 2001 also include disaggregation by ATSIC regions, capital city and balance of state, remoteness areas, major population regions and section of state. Separate estimates of the Torres Strait Islander population at June 2001 are also given. Two series of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population projections are provided for Australia and the states and territories. The ABS also released an electronic data cube Experimental Projections of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, ATSIC regions, 2001-2009 (ABS cat. no. 3238.0.55.002 Charges apply). Methods and assumptions used to produce the estimates and projections are described in ABS cat. no. 3238.0.

Users interested in Indigenous population statistics are encouraged to read ABS cat. no. 3238.0 and the ABS Demography Working Paper 2004/3 - Calculating Life Tables for Use in Population Estimates and Projections of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians (ABS cat. no. 3106.0.55.003). This paper describes a new method for developing experimental Indigenous life tables for the period 1996-2001. Due to the small number of registered Indigenous deaths, Indigenous life tables were not produced for Tasmania and the Australian Capital Territory. For these two jurisdictions, a combined life table for New South Wales and Victoria for 1996-01 was assumed to apply.

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