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New Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander statistics for the Northern Territory
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 the Northern Territory (aged 15 and over) with a non-school qualification (e.g. from university, TAFE, etc.) has more than doubled between 1994 and 2002 - from 6% to 13%.
The unemployment rate for Indigenous people in the Northern Territory (aged 15 and over), fell from 36% in 1994 to 13% in 2002. This change parallels the decline in the national unemployment rate (from 10% in June 1994 to 6% in December 2002).
The share of unemployed Indigenous people in the Northern Territory who had been out of work for one year or more declined (from 48% in 1994 to 29% in 2002).
The Community Development Employment Projects scheme increasingly contributed to employment of Indigenous people in the Northern Territory (28% in 2002, up from 13% in 1994).
The gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples' incomes remains. In 2002, Indigenous people in the Northern Territory (aged 18 and over) earned 44% of the income of non-Indigenous people ($329 per week compared to $755 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 the Northern Territory were:
Over the eight years since 1994, evidence highlights stability on selected cultural indicators. In 2002 in the Northern Territory:
Family and community:
Indigenous people in 2002 in the Northern Territory 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 (88% compared with 59% respectively).
There has been a decline in the proportion of Indigenous people in the Northern Territory who reported having been arrested in the previous five years (from 19% in 1994 to 13% in 2002).
In the Northern Territory, the number of Indigenous people living in rented dwellings provided by Indigenous Housing Organisations or in other community housing in 2002 was 68% (up from 48% in 1994).
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