Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population has increased but the census lacks detail in other facets of Indigenous lives

By Bronwyn Carlson
July 2 2022 - 7:30pm

The census counted 812,728 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people on census night, making up 3.2 per cent of the total people counted. That's up from 649,171 in the 2016 census, an increase of over 25 per cent. Many have estimated the population prior to the arrival of the British was between 750,000 and 1 million. So the exciting news is in only 234 years we are nearing pre-colonial numbers.

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