Australia's Indigenous population grows faster than non-Indigenous population: statistics

Source: Xinhua| 2017-09-27 15:21:11|Editor: ying
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CANBERRA, Sept. 27 (Xinhua) -- Australia's Indigenous population is growing twice as fast as the nation's non-Indigenous population, while Australia's first people now make up 3.3 percent of all Aussies, according to new figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) on Wednesday.

According to the ABS' director of demography Beidar Cho, there are now more than 798,000 Australians who are identified as either Aboriginal or as a Torres Strait Islander.

In a statement released on Wednesday, she said that over the five years to June 2016, the number of reported Indigenous Australians grew a whopping 19 percent, or by 128,500 people, outpacing the general population's growth rate during the same period.

"This is higher than the 8 percent increase for the non-Indigenous population over the same period," Cho said.

"New South Wales was the fastest growing state or territory for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait population with an increase of 27 percent."

Australia's most populous state, New South Wales, is home to the largest proportion of Australians with an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Island background (265,600 people) followed by Queensland and Western Australia (221,400 and 100,500 respectively). The Australian Capital Territory, home to capital city Canberra, had the fewest Indigenous Australian (7,500).

Also revealed by the ABS on Wednesday was that Australia's overall population grew by 389,100 to reach more than 24.5 million by April 1, 2017.

According to the ABS, net migration made up 60 percent of the increase (231,900), while "natural increase" contributed an additional 142,400 people to the population (made up of 302,600 births and 160,100 deaths).