This chapter presents information on the language spoken at home by Indigenous people and their religious affiliation as reported in the 2006 Census. The information on Indigenous language speakers only includes people who speak an Indigenous language at home and does not record people who speak an Indigenous language in other circumstances, or allow for people to indicate that they speak more than one Indigenous language either at home or in other circumstances.
In 2006, a new language classification was used to classify Census data (see paragraph 48 of Explanatory Notes). The changes in the classification have resulted in an increased number of Australian Indigenous languages being added to the classification and a restructure of the hierarchy. For this reason, comparison with 2001 Census data at lower levels is not possible.
Proportions presented in this chapter exclude not stated responses, and are therefore calculated using only known responses. Where possible, the numbers of unknown responses are noted in the tables, allowing further analysis if required.