The Indigenous Populations of Australia

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The Indigenous Populations of Australia In recent years, there has been an apparent growth of the Indigenous population of Australia driven, in part, by an increasing willingness on the part of many Australians to acknowledge/assert their Aboriginality (ABS, 2003). As at 30 June 2001, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders (ATSI) population of Australia was estimated to be 458,520, or 2.4 per cent of the total population. Persons identifying as ‘Aboriginal origin’ comprised about 90 per cent of this estimated resident…show more content…
Unemployment rates were comparatively high among young people aged 15-17 years (32%) and 18-24 years (27%), roughly double the non-Indigenous rate. In the 25-34 years and the 35-44 years age groups the Indigenous unemployed rate was nearly three times the non-Indigenous rate. (ABS, 2004) Indigenous Australians are less likely to be working in higher paying/more prestigious jobs (e.g. as mangers, administrators or professionals) that their non-Indigenous counterparts. In general, the less prestigious and lower-paying the job the more common it is that Indigenous workers are employed in that occupation compared with their non-indigenous counterparts (ABS, 2004). These figures are improving but Community Development Programs are not enough to address all the issues of employment in remote areas, let alone all the employment issues for indigenous persons. Low levels of employment and high unemployment contribute to the economic disadvantage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples relative to other Australians. For many Indigenous Australians, lower levels of educational attainment and greater geographic isolation act as inhibitors to securing skilled jobs and high wages. (ABS, 2004) A high proportion of Indigenous males are on relatively low individual incomes compared with their non-Indigenous counterparts. The incidence of relatively low individual
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