Demographic and Socioeconomic Outcomes Across the Indigenous Australian Lifecourse

Demographic and Socioeconomic Outcomes Across the Indigenous Australian Lifecourse

Evidence from the 2006 Census

Authored by: Nicholas Biddle, Mandy Yap

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Across almost all standard indicators, the Indigenous population of Australia has worse outcomes than the non-Indigenous population. Despite the abundance of statistics and a plethora of government reports on Indigenous outcomes, there is very little information on how Indigenous disadvantage accumulates or is mitigated through time at the individual level. The research that is available highlights two key findings. Firstly, that Indigenous disadvantage starts from a very early age and widens over time. Secondly, that the timing of key life events including education attendance, marriage, childbirth and retirement occur on average at different ages for the Indigenous compared to the non-Indigenous population. To target policy interventions that will contribute to meeting the Council of Australian Governments’ (COAG) Closing the Gap targets, it is important to understand and acknowledge the differences between the Indigenous and non-Indigenous lifecourse in Australia, as well as the factors that lead to variation within the Indigenous population.

Details

ISBN (print):
9781921862021
ISBN (online):
9781921862038
Publication date:
Dec 2010
Note:
CAEPR Monograph No. 31
Imprint:
ANU Press
DOI:
http://doi.org/10.22459/CAEPR31.12.2010
Series:
Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (CAEPR)
Co-publisher:
Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research (CAEPR)
Disciplines:
Social Sciences: Indigenous Studies, Social Policy & Administration, Statistics & Operational Research
Countries:
Australia

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