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1387.3 - Queensland in Review, 2003  
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The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people of Queensland are a young population, living in different regions of the state and recording many other different characteristics when compared to the non-Indigenous population. The 2001 Census recorded that:

  • Queensland's Indigenous population constituted 28% of the total Indigenous population of Australia, and 3% of the total population of Queensland.
  • More than half of the Torres Strait Islander population of Australia lived in Queensland.
  • The Indigenous population of Queensland had a median age of 20 years, compared to 36 years for the non-Indigenous population.
  • One in four Indigenous people lived outside the major urban centres in remote areas, compared with only one in thirty non-Indigenous Queenslanders. These remote areas are the combined Remote and Very Remote regions as defined in the Australian Standard Geographic Classification (ASGC) Remoteness structure - see map below.
Map: Remote and non-remote areas, Queensland

At the time of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey in 2002, there were an estimated 76,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in Queensland. Aboriginal people comprised 87% of the Indigenous population of Queensland and Torres Strait Islander people comprised 23%. Included in both figures were the 7,000 who identified as both an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander person. This dual identification is the reason that, throughout these articles, figures for the Aboriginal population (66,400) and Torres Strait Islander population (16,600) add to more than the total Indigenous population of Queensland (76,000).

The Census of Population and Housing provides further demographic information on the population of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Further data for Queensland is available in the article Queensland Indigenous Population.


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