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New Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander statistics for the Australian Capital 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.
In the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), the proportion of Indigenous people (aged 15 and over) with a non-school qualification (e.g. from university, TAFE, etc.) has risen from 26% in 1994 to 43% in 2002.
The gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples' incomes remains. In 2002 in the ACT, Indigenous people (aged 18 and over) earned 73% of the income of non-Indigenous people ($631 per week compared to $865 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 ACT were:
Over the eight years since 1994, evidence highlights stability on selected cultural indicators. In the ACT in 2002:
Family and community:
Indigenous people in the ACT 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 (88% compared with 62% respectively).
Compared to 1994, Indigenous people in the ACT in 2002 were twice as likely to report that they had been a victim of physical or threatened violence in the previous 12 months (33% in 2002, up from 15% in 1994). These victimisation rates were highest among younger people (41% of those aged 15-24).
The proportion of Indigenous people in the ACT living in dwellings either owned or being purchased doubled (from 19% in 1994 to 42% in 2002).
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