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Indigenous falling behind rest of society: census

Extract from Australian Broadcasting Corporation - ABC Online, on 31 October 2003


New census figures show Indigenous Australians are falling behind the rest of the community in at number of key areas.

It shows Indigenous Australian households earn about $200 less than others and their unemployment rate stands at 20 per cent compared to the national level of 7 per cent.

Indigenous people are also more likely to be renting and use public housing at eight times the rate of the wider community.

In education they are half as likely to complete year 12 and one third of the Indigenous population lives in remote or very remote parts of the country.

Only about 40 per cent are employed, compared to 60 per cent in the wider population.

Census data shows Indigenous Australians make up 2.4 per cent of the total population.


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