Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Peoples

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are far more likely to experience financial hardship than non-Indigenous Australians. They also typically experience lower life expectancy, higher rates of infant mortality, higher unemployment rates and a lower general standard of living.

Some key statistics:

  • In 2006 the median income of Aboriginal households was 65% of that of non-Aboriginal households.
  • In 2015 the unemployment rate among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people was 20.6%. Australia’s general unemployment rate was 5.6% in September 2016.
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make up around 3% of the Australian population, but comprise 9.6% of those currently receiving the Newstart Allowance, 14.3% of those receiving the single parent parenting payment and 18.9% of people receiving the non-student Youth Allowance. All of these income support payments fall below the poverty line.

Here you will find a range of resources outlining how we are working to support customers from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds.

Members are encouraged to generate and contribute to discussions – the more we share together, the more we learn together – and to participate in building the knowledge base by offering to feature resources. If you would like to feature a resource on this topic you can reach us via email at contact@thriving.org.au  

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