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2075.0 - Census of Population and Housing - Counts of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, 2011  
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2011 CENSUS COUNTS — ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER PEOPLES IN INDIGENOUS REGIONS

The Indigenous Structure of the Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS) provides a geographical standard for the publication of statistics about the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population of Australia.
Indigenous Regions (IREGs) are the highest level of the Indigenous Structure and are loosely based on the former Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC) boundaries.
IREGs are divided into Indigenous Areas (IAREs) (the second level of the Indigenous Structure) and these are then divided into smaller units known as Indigenous Locations (ILOCs), the third and lowest level of the Indigenous Structure.

Map - Indigenous Regions Australia - Australian Statistical Geography(ASGS), 2011

In the 2011 Census, over half (53%) of the people who identified as being of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander origin and counted in the Census lived in nine of the 57 Indigenous Regions.
The three largest regions were located on the eastern seaboard of Australia: Brisbane (53,271), NSW Central and North Coast (52,319) and Sydney - Wollongong (52,171).
These three regions accounted for 29% (157,761 of 548,370) of the total Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander count for Australia.

2011 CENSUS COUNTS — ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER PEOPLES(a)
Indigenous Regions with largest counts

Proportion of population – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

Indigenous Regions
no.
%

Brisbane
53 271
9.7
NSW Central and North Coast
52 319
9.5
Sydney - Wollongong
52 171
9.5
Perth
25 534
4.7
Cairns - Atherton
23 466
4.3
Townsville - Mackay
22 538
4.1
Adelaide
20 761
3.8
Riverina - Orange
20 172
3.7
Victoria (exc. Melbourne)
20 122
3.7
Tasmania
19 546
3.6
Australia(b)
548 370
2.5

(a) Usual residence Census counts, excludes overseas visitors.
(b) Includes all Indigenous Regions.
Note: Totals and components may not be consistent within and between tables due to introduced random error to protect confidentiality of Census respondents.
See: Census Dictionary, 2011 (cat. no. 2901.0).


The Indigenous Regions with the highest proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples were outside major population centres.
These regions, with the exception of Jervis Bay in New South Wales, are located in the northern part of Australia.

2011 CENSUS COUNTS — ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER PEOPLES(a) Indigenous Regions with highest proportions

Proportion of total population for Indigenous Region

Indigenous Regions
no.
%

Torres Strait
5 922
79.1
Apatula
8 374
76.9
Jabiru - Tiwi
10 379
76.7
Tennant Creek
3 684
64.4
Nhulunbuy
9 259
62.9
Jervis Bay
224
59.6
Cape York
8 565
55.6
Katherine
8 637
50.4
Kununurra
5 505
48.4
West Kimberley
4 044
48.1
Australia(b)
548 370
2.5

(a) Usual residence Census counts, excludes overseas visitors.
(b) Includes all Indigenous Regions.
Note: Totals and components may not be consistent within and between tables due to introduced random error to protect confidentiality of Census respondents.
See: Census Dictionary, 2011 (cat. no. 2901.0).

INDIGENOUS AREAS


In the 2011 Census, with the exception of Fitzroy River (Western Australia), the ten Indigenous Areas with the highest proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples were in the Northern Territory and Queensland.
The Indigenous Area of Laynhapuy - Gumatj Homelands in eastern Arnhem Land had the highest proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples (98%), followed by the Indigenous Areas of Cherbourg and Yarrabah (both 97%), two discrete communities in Queensland.

2011 CENSUS COUNTS —ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER PEOPLES(a)
Indigenous Areas with highest proportions

ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER PEOPLES

Count in
Indigenous Area
Proportion in Indigenous Area
Indigenous Areas
no.
%

Laynhapuy - Gumatj Homelands
627
98.1
Cherbourg
1 192
97.4
Yarrabah
2 341
97.3
Alice Springs Town Camps
881
97.1
Fitzroy River
1 023
94.7
Gapuwiyak and Outstations
990
94.7
Urapuntja
659
94.4
Kulkalgal - Central Islands
900
94.2
Alpurrurulam
416
94.1
Palm Island
2 202
94.1
Total Australia(b)
548 370
2.5

(a) Usual residence Census counts, excludes overseas visitors.
(b) Includes all Indigenous Areas.
Note: Totals and components may not be consistent within and between tables due to introduced random error to protect confidentiality of Census respondents.
See: Census Dictionary, 2011 (cat. no. 2901.0).


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