Labour Force Status
From the 2006 Census, 24% of Indigenous people aged 15 years and over were engaged in full-time employment, 17% were in part-time employment, 5% were employed but absent from their job, and 46% were not in the labour force.
For non-Indigenous people aged 15 years and over, 40% were working full-time, 18% were in part-time employment, 4% were away from work and 35% were not in the labour force.
Labour Force Status by Indigenous status (a) (b), 2006
(a) Based on place of usual residence, Census, 2006.
Non- Indigenous %
|Away from work|
|Not in the labour force|
(b) Persons aged 15 years and over.
Source: Population Characteristics, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australia, 2006 (cat. no. 4713.0)
Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Work Force
If we only look at those persons who were in the work force we see greater differences between Indigenous and non-Indigenous males, than between Indigenous and non-Indigenous females.
Almost two thirds (65.5%) of Indigenous males, worked full time, but over three quarters of non-Indigenous males worked full time (79.2%). Just under half (46.4%) of Indigenous females worked full time compared with slightly over half (50.6%) of non-Indigenous females.
Employed Persons (a) (b) by Sex by Indigenous status, 2006
Did not work(c)
|(a) Based on place of usual residence, Census, 2006.|
(b) Persons aged 15 years and over who had a job in the last week.
(c) Were employed but did not work in the week prior to Census 2006.
Source: Population Characteristics, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, 2006 (cat. no. 4713.0).
Further Information: See Population Characteristics, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, 2006 (cat. no. 4713.0).