Boost in Indigenous business owner managers - Census

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27 March 2018
Embargo: 11:30 am (Canberra Time)
New Census data reveals boost in Indigenous business owner managers

The number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander business owner managers has increased markedly over the past 10 years, jumping by almost 72 per cent to 11,587 according to new data from the 2016 Census of Population and Housing.

The data also reveals that nationally there were 1.5 million business owner managers in 2016 – an increase of 2.6 per cent over the past decade. This group now comprises 14 per cent of all employed people in Australia.

The number of female business owner managers rose 7.6 per cent between 2006 and 2016, while the corresponding male increase was just 0.3 per cent. Notably, the number of female owner managers of incorporated enterprises increased by 8.2 per cent over the same period.

These insights and more can be found in the ABS’s Business Owner Managers Across Australia release, one of a number of new stories from the 2016 Census being released through 2071.0 Reflecting Australia today.

Also being released today is a range of new data, including Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas (SEIFA), remoteness data – which classifies access to services based on the typically long distances travelled by people outside major metropolitan areas – and, for the first time, distance to work information. Additional analysis of distance to work data will be released soon.

This valuable information will inform policy development, research and decisions about the provision of many government and community services across the country.

Data users can now access this information through the ABS’ online data products: QuickStats, Community Profiles, TableBuilder and DataPacks. The full suite of online Census data products can be found at the ABS website.

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