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In both the high and low series the median age would increase from 20.5 years in 2001 to 21.8 years in 2009. The proportion of the total Indigenous population under 15 years is projected to fall from 39% in 2001 to 35% in 2009 while the proportion of the population 65 years and over would remain at 2.8%.
The projections show that the Indigenous populations of all states and territories continue to grow between 2001 and 2009. Relative rates of growth are highly dependent on the assumptions used regarding unexplained growth in the Indigenous population and interstate migration. Under the low series, net interstate flows have the largest impact on projected population growth while under the high series, the impact of continuing unexplained growth in the Indigenous population at the state and territory level overwhelms the impact of net interstate flows.
In the low series states and territories with positive net interstate flows are projected to have higher growth rates (Victoria, Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia and the Australian Capital Territory). In the high series those states and territories with increasing annual unexplained growth (the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales and Victoria) are projected to have the highest growth rates.
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