Census of Population and Housing: Understanding the Increase in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Counts, 2006-2016


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Presenter:  Valese Sewell, Assistant Director Centre of Excellence for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Statistics, Australian Bureau of Statistics

Date: Jul 17, 2018

Time: 9:30am to 10:30am

Contact person:  Northern Institute, Charles Darwin University
T: 08 8946 6854
E: thenortherninstitute@cdu.edu.au

Location:  Northern Institute, Yellow Building 1, Level 2, Room 48 (Savanna Room)

Target audience:  Open to the public - All welcome - Please share

Abstract: There were 649,171 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people counted in the 2016 Census. This represented an 18 per cent (100,803 people) increase since the 2011 Census and is comparable to the increase of 21 per cent observed between 2006 and 2011. These increases are greater than can be explained by demographic factors alone (e.g. births over deaths and internal/overseas migration) and have important implications for the interpretation of Census data for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), with the guidance of a specialist advisory group, including a representative from CDU (Dr Andrew Taylor) is currently undertaking analysis on the increase in counts between 2011 and 2016. This work builds on analysis published by the ABS following the 2011 Census as Census of Population and Housing: Understanding the Increase in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Counts (ABS cat. no. 2077.0). The analysis focuses on:

  • Changes in the composition of the increase population (e.g. changes in age/sex structures and geographic distribution)
  • Demographic factors of population change (e.g. births, deaths and migration)
  • Changing propensity to identify
  • People for whom Indigenous status is unknown
  • Impact of the increase on selected characteristics such as education attainment, labour force participation and income

This session will consist of an overview of analysis and findings to date presented by the ABS followed by discussion time where attendees will be asked to provide feedback and input on the current approach to this analysis and opportunities for further analysis.

RSVP by Monday, 16 July 2018 via Outlook or thenortherninstitute@cdu.edu.au   

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