How much of Australia’s indigenous population is actually white?
1.43KPeople living on reserves and in remote areas of Western Australia and Tasmania are almost entirely white, a new study has found.
Key points:The study found indigenous Australians are much more likely to be identified as Aboriginal than non-Indigenous peopleThe study was done by the University of Sydney’s Australian Ethnicity Project and the National Ethnicities Research InstituteResearchers from the University and NT University, along with the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Council (ATAIC) and the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) found that between 2000 and 2016, just under half of the total Indigenous population in Australia was white, with just over half of Indigenous people identifying as non-indigenous.
“The findings of this study show that Indigenous Australians are at an especially high risk of being identified as non‑Indigenous and the associated risk is even higher in remote and regional settings,” the study said.
“Indigenous Australians living in remote communities are more likely than non‑indigenous Australians to be perceived as non-Indians.”
They also show higher rates of victimisation, victimisation through physical and sexual violence, victimization through violence against children, and victimisation as a result of being homeless.
“The study looked at the demographic characteristics of Indigenous Australians in the three regions: the Northern Territory, the NT and WA.
The researchers found that of the Indigenous people surveyed, just over one in five were born in Australia, while just under two in five of the non‑Indian people were.”
It’s important to note that these findings do not prove that Indigenous people are exclusively white, or that non-Indian people are more ‘invisible’,” the study found.”
We need to do more to build bridges between the two communities and to engage the two populations in the discussion of racial reconciliation.
“Researchers from NT University’s Australian Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders (ATIS) Research Institute said the findings showed that the majority of Aboriginal Australians had no formalised connection to Australia, were unable to find jobs or were unemployed.
The study also showed that about half of those surveyed identified themselves as Indigenous and about one in three were Indigenous and identified as Indigenous on the ATIS website.
The research was conducted by the Australian Ethnicities Project and NT Indigenous Ethnic Studies Institute.
The NT and the NT University were involved in the research.