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Key Issues Relating to Indigenous Poverty & Disadvantage

Research data drawn from ACOSS/UNSW Poverty in Australia reports, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, ANU Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research, Australian Early Development Census which finds:

  • the Indigenous poverty rate was more than three times the poverty rate for all households in 2015-16
  • Income data from 2018-19 shows that Indigenous Australians were still much more likely to have lower incomes than non-Indigenous people.
  • 1 in 3 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is aged under 15 years and 60% are aged under 30 years
  • In 2021 more than 4 in 10 (42.3%) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children were developmentally vulnerable on one or more domains. (which is double the rate of developmental vulnerability for all children)

Read the full Briefing – Key issues relating to poverty and disadvantage for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People