Held every 5 years, the ABS Census is a compulsory survey that counts close to 10 million households and approximately 24 million people. Census questions range from marriage status, family size and occupation, to languages spoken, country of birth and ancestry. The most recent Census was conducted in August 2016. The data is based on geography and is used to inform government policies and planning.
Search the Census Quick Stats for a summary; or Community Profiles for more detailed excel tables for your chosen geographic area. When selecting a geography choose the Indigenous Location/Region/Area to focus on Indigenous statistics for that area.
Community Profiles provide detailed excel tables of Census data for your chosen geographic area that you can download from the ABS website.
How to search:
To search for a community profiles, type in the place name and choose the Indigenous Location to focus on Indigenous statistics for that area.
If you wish to find Community Profiles by typing in a street address or searching on a map, use the Advanced Search function.
"Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people represented 2.8% of the population in the 2016 Census of Population and Housing – up from 2.5% in 2011, and 2.3% in 2006...
Since the 1971 Census, there has been a clear upward trend in the counts of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in each successive Census. There were 649,200 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people counted in the 2016 Census, representing an increase of 18% from the 2011 Census." - ABS
The Australian Bureau of Statistics National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey.
The 2014–15 NATSISS collected information on a range of demographic, social, environmental and economic characteristics of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, including:
personal and household characteristics; geography (eg state/territory and remoteness area);cultural attachment (eg language and participation in cultural activities); family and community experiences (eg social networks, contact and support); health (eg disability or long-term conditions, risk factors, child and maternal health); housing (eg tenure type and available facilities); education; labour force characteristics; income and financial stress; use of technology; transport; crime and justice.
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