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3238.0 - Experimental Estimates and Projections, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, 1991 to 2021 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 08/09/2009   
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In this publication the word 'Indigenous' refers to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples of Australia.

This publication contains experimental estimates and projections of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (Indigenous) population of Australia and the states and territories for 30 June 1991 to 30 June 2021, based on the 2006 Census of Population and Housing. Estimates for 30 June 1986 to 30 June 1990 are also included, however these estimates should be interpreted with caution.

Detailed information is available in data cubes from the ABS web site <>.

Projections of the Indigenous population by Indigenous Regions and Remoteness Areas (scheduled for release 30 September 2009) for 30 June 2007 to 30 June 2021 will also be available from the ABS web site.


SuperTABLE data cubes attached to this issue contain 14 projection series for Australia and the states and territories, for 2007 to 2021. Population estimates for 1986 to 2006 are also included as spreadsheets.

SuperTABLE data cubes for Indigenous Regions and Remoteness Areas for 2006 to 2021 are scheduled for release 30 September 2009 as part of this publication.

These estimates and projections supercede the 2001 census-based series published in Experimental Estimates and Projections, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, 1991 to 2009 (cat. no. 3238.0) released in September 2004.


The projections presented are not intended as predictions or forecasts, but are illustrations of growth and change in the population that would occur if assumptions made about future demographic trends were to prevail over the projection period.

While the assumptions are formulated on the basis of an assessment of demographic trends, there is no certainty that any of the assumptions will be realised. In addition, no assessment has been made of possible future changes in non-demographic conditions.


Population estimates and projections in this publication have been rounded to the nearest hundred. Calculations of percentage and numeric change and proportions are based on unrounded data.


For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or Ellouise Hyams on Canberra (02) 6252 6820.

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