POPULATION AGE STRUCTURE
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population is a young population, with more people in younger age groups than older age groups. In 2006, half the Indigenous population was aged 21 years or less. In contrast, in the non-Indigenous population, half the population was aged 37 years or less. These different age profiles of the Indigenous and non-Indigenous populations must be taken into account for some age related variables if the two populations are to be meaningfully compared.