New ABS figures reveal a younger indigenous population

INDIGENOUS Australians have a median age of just 21 years, compared with 38 years for non-indigenous people, new figures from the greatly-expanded 2011 Census revealed on Tuesday.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics released data from the Census about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians on Tuesday.

Data gathered was significantly more reliable than figures from the 2006 Census, with nearly 550,000 indigenous Australians counted - a rise of 21% on the previous Census.

Of the nation's indigenous population, 36% were younger than 15 years old, compared with 19% of the non-indigenous population.

Indigenous people older than 65 made up 4% of the indigenous population, compared to 14% of those who were non-indigenous on Census night in 2011.

The figures also revealed a rise in the numbers of indigenous people finished Year 12 or higher education, up 7% to 37% between 2011 and 2006.

There was also a big increase in the number of indigenous people who could access the internet, at 63% in 2011, up from 40% in 2006.

And just more than one in 10 indigenous Australians spoke an Aboriginal or Torres Strait language at home.

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