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 GeoQ 10 – What is the distribution of the Indigenous population in Australia?

 Please note: This task is designed to be completed by hand. You can download this activity as a Word (.doc) file using the links at the bottom of the page.

MAP:
 Figure 1: Population Distribution in Australia (2006) Figure 2: Indigenous Population Distribution

1. How is the legend of Figure 2 different to that of Figure 1?

2. On Figure 2, shade the map to show 3 zones—most populated, moderately populated and very lightly populated. Create a legend for your map.

3. Describe the difficulties you had in drawing these zones.

The estimated resident Indigenous population at 30 June 2006 was 517,200 people, or 2.5% of the total Australian population.
Source: Year Book Australia, 2008
4. Use the map in Figure 2 (Indigenous population distribution) to estimate the Indigenous population of each State and Territory. Place your answers below.
1. …………. (Most Indigenous)
2. ………….
3. ………….
4. ………….
5. ………….
6. ………….
7. ………….
8. …………. (Fewest Indigenous)
5. Compare your answers in Question 4 with the data provided below and show how your answers are similar to the values below and how they are different.

Indigenous Population (a)

 Population 2006 (c) ‘000 % Indigenous Australian Population New South Wales 148.2 28.7 Victoria 30.8 6.0 Queensland 146.4 28.3 South Australia 26.0 5.0 Western Australia 77.9 15.1 Tasmania 16.9 3.3 Northern Territory 66.6 12.9 Australian Capital Territory 4.0 0.8 Australia (d) 517.2 100.0
Source: Year Book Australia, 2008
(a) Experimental estimates
(c) Estimates are preliminary
(d) Includes other Territories (Jervis Bay Territory, Christmas Island and Cocos (Keeling) Islands)

6. Identify 3 ways in which the distribution of the indigenous population is different to the non-Indigenous population in Australia.

7. Explain why you think these differences occur.

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