Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population projected to reach 1 million by 2028

Table 1: ESTIMATED AND PROJECTED ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER POPULATION(a)(b), States and territories, 2016 – 2031

2031 SERIES A (low)
2031 SERIES B (medium)
2031 SERIES C (high)
2011

no.

2016

no.

no.
Growth rate (%)(c)
no.
Growth rate (%)(c)
no.
Growth rate (%)(c)

NSW
236 637
265 685
364 642
2.1
354 771
1.9
348 273
1.8
Vic.
52 848
57 767
85 986
2.7
83 606
2.5
81 993
2.4
Qld
198 776
221 276
312 639
2.3
304 395
2.1
299 292
2.0
SA
38 605
42 265
58 763
2.2
57 306
2.1
56 390
1.9
WA
92 097
100 512
138 244
2.1
134 895
2.0
132 980
1.9
Tas.
25 752
28 537
38 113
1.9
37 089
1.8
36 584
1.7
NT
68 231
74 546
90 078
1.3
88 170
1.1
87 588
1.1
ACT
6 894
7 513
11 638
3.0
11 324
2.8
11 155
2.7
Aust.(d)
720 093
798 365
1 100 427
2.2
1 071 871
2.0
1 054 569
1.9

(a) Estimates and projections based on the 2016 Census.

(b) Series A – low assumptions of fertility, life expectancy and migration; Series B – medium (current) assumptions of fertility, life expectancy and migration; Series C – high assumptions of fertility, life expectancy and migration.

(c) Average annual growth rate for the period 2016 to 2031.

(d) Includes Other Territories.

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