The aim of this paper is to provide a preliminary set of projections at the national and regional level for the Australian Indigenous population. Using population estimates from the Australian Bureau of Statistics and the most recently available vital-statistics data, it is projected that the Indigenous population will grow from around 670,000 in 2011 to around 1,060,000 by 2031. The Indigenous population is therefore projected to grow from around 3.0 per cent of the total population in 2011 to 3.9 per cent by 2031. Importantly, this growth isn’t spread evenly across the population with a projected aging and urbanising population over the next several decades.
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