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Budget 2013/14 Northern Territory Economy



Budget 2013/14 Northern Territory Economy

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Population 45 Northern Territory Economy Indigenous Population The Territorys Indigenous population is mostly located in rural and remote areas. As at 30 June 2011, 80percent of the Indigenous population lived outside the Greater Darwin region. Around 10percent of Darwins population was Indigenous, compared with 55percent of the rest of the Territorys population. Although the Territorys Indigenous population estimates show increases broadly consistent with those based on previous censuses, some jurisdictions estimates show larger increases than biologically plausible. This is thought to be partly due to the increased propensity of some people to identify as Indigenous in the 2011Census. In September2012, the ABS released preliminary population estimates for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (Indigenous) population based on the 2011Census. Based on the new estimates and measured by the ERP, the Territorys Indigenous population was estimated to be 68901people at 30June2011, which is an increase of 7.6percent (4896people) from 30June2006. Indigenous people comprised 29.8percent of the Territorys population at 30June2011, down from 30.4percent at 30June2006. The proportion of the Australian Indigenous population that lives in the Territory is estimated by the ABS to have fallen from 12.4percent to 10.3percent between censuses (Table 4.3). With the exception of the Territory and Western Australia, the proportion of Australias Indigenous population that lives in the remaining jurisdictions increased between the two census years (Table4.3). Proportion of State/Territory Population Proportion of National Indigenous Population 2006 % 2011p % 2006 % 2011p % New South Wales 2.2 2.9 29.5 31.1 Victoria 0.7 0.9 6.5 7.1 Queensland 3.5 4.2 28.0 28.2 Western Australia 3.4 3.8 13.7 13.2 South Australia 1.8 2.3 5.4 5.6 Tasmania 3.8 4.7 3.6 3.6 Australian Capital Territory 1.3 1.7 0.8 0.9 Northern Territory 30.4 29.8 12.4 10.3 Australia 2.5 3.0 100.0 100.0 p: preliminary estimate Source: ABS Cat. No. 3101.0 Table 4.3: Indigenous Shares of Total Jurisdiction Population and National Indigenous ERP at 30June 2006 and 2011

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