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New Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander statistics for Victoria
The results of the second national social survey of Indigenous people were released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics and point to some changes since the groundbreaking original survey in 1994.
The proportion of Indigenous people in Victoria (aged 15 and over) with a non-school qualification (e.g. from university, TAFE, etc.) has more than doubled between 1994 and 2002 - from 16% to 37%. The proportion of Indigenous people with a certificate or diploma doubled (from 15% to 31%), while those with a Bachelor degree or higher qualification rose from 1% to 6%.
In Victoria the unemployment rate for Indigenous people (aged 15 and over), fell from 36% in 1994 to 20% in 2002. This change parallels the decline in the national unemployment rate (from 10% in June 1994 to 6% in December 2002).
The proportion of Indigenous people employed in mainstream (non Community Development Employment Projects scheme) jobs in Victoria rose (from 38% to 42%).
The gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples' incomes in Victoria remains. In 2002, Indigenous people (aged 18 and over) earned 64% of the income of non-Indigenous people ($423 per week compared to $657 per week after adjusting for household size and composition).
After adjusting for the different age structures of both Indigenous and non-Indigenous populations, Indigenous people in Victoria were:
Over the eight years since 1994, evidence highlights stability on selected cultural indicators. In Victoria in 2002:
Family and community:
In Victoria, Indigenous people in 2002 were almost one and a half times more likely to experience at least one life stressor (e.g. "death of family member or close friend", "serious illness or disability", or "inability to get a job") than non-Indigenous people (83% compared with 56% respectively).
There has been a decline in the proportion of Indigenous people in Victoria who reported having been arrested in the previous five years (from 21% in 1994 to 17% in 2002).
In Victoria the proportion of Indigenous people who were living in dwellings either owned or being purchased remained steady between 1994 and 2002 at around 35%.
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