Selected data regarding the Queensland Indigenous population aged 15 years or over is presented in the links below. The majority of the information comes from the 2002 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey (NATSISS). Included are previously unpublished comparisons with results from the 1994 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Survey (NATSIS) and reference to Census 2001 data.
Selected findings from the 2002 survey:
- Aboriginal people comprised 87% (66,400) of the Indigenous population of Queensland and Torres Strait Islander people comprised 23% (16,600). Included in both figures were the 7,000 who identified as both an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander person.
- Almost a quarter (24%) of Torres Strait Islander people reported their main language spoken at home as neither English nor an Indigenous language. Languages spoken include Torres Strait Creole and Oceanian Pidgins and Creoles.
- 26% of Indigenous people aged 15 years or over had obtained a non-school qualification. This was more than double the 12% recorded in 1994.
- The neighbourhood problems most frequently reported by Indigenous people in remote areas were alcohol and illegal drugs (reported by more than 70% of people), followed by problems involving youth and family violence (65%).
- Overcrowded housing conditions were much more prevalent in remote areas, with 44% of people living in dwellings that required at least one extra bedroom, compared with 20% of people in non-remote areas.
- Between 1994 and 2002, there was an increase from 29% to 34% in the proportion of Indigenous people employed in work outside the Community Development and Employment Projects (CDEP) scheme.
|Comparison of Indigenous and non-Indigenous populations of Queensland (ages 18 years or over, Queensland, 2002)|
A comparison of social survey data for Indigenous and non-Indigenous people is only available for the population aged 18 years or over. When these comparisons are made they appear in these boxes, to separate them from the rest of the data which refers to people aged 15 years or over.