More than one in five (22%) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were living in a household that, in the previous 12 months, had run out of food and had not been able to afford to buy more. This was significantly higher than in the non-Indigenous population (3.7%). These figures include 7% of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population and 1.4% of the non-Indigenous population who lived in a household that had gone without food when they ran out.
Was there a difference by remoteness?
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in remote areas were more likely than those in non-remote areas to be living in a household that had run out of food and couldn’t afford to buy more (31% compared with 20%). This includes 9.2% of people in remote areas and 6.4% of people in non-remote areas who went without food when they ran out (see Table 14.1).