Indigenous Australian population projections: problems and prospects

Biddle, Nicholas and Wilson, Tom (2013) Indigenous Australian population projections: problems and prospects. Journal of Population Research, 30 2: 101-116. doi:10.1007/s12546-013-9104-2

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Author Biddle, Nicholas
Wilson, Tom
Title Indigenous Australian population projections: problems and prospects
Journal name Journal of Population Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1443-2447
Publication date 2013-03-29
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s12546-013-9104-2
Open Access Status
Volume 30
Issue 2
Start page 101
End page 116
Total pages 6
Place of publication Dordrecht, Netherlands
Publisher Springer
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Abstract According to estimates from the 2006 Census, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (Indigenous) Australians made up 2.5 % of the total Australian population. However, the focus of research and policy debate on Indigenous Australians far exceeds their population size for reasons of history, socio-economics, geography and demography. This has led to a need for accurate population projections of the population. In this paper, we outline a number of issues related to Indigenous population projections. These include the nature of self-identification; the impact of particular policy changes; significant differences in demographic parameters; and high rates of exogamy, especially in urban areas. We also document the relative accuracy of past and current population projections. In the final section of the paper we outline a research agenda that has the potential to lead to new and better Indigenous population projections.
Keyword Australia
Population projections
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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