ABOUT ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER STATISTICS
The Importance of Indigenous Statistics
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples occupy a unique and important place in Australia's society and culture. Aboriginal cultures are some of the oldest surviving cultures in the world. They are numerous and diverse, made up of hundreds of different kinship and language groups that have adapted to diverse living conditions throughout Australia over many thousands of years. Torres Strait Islanders are a separate people with a distinct identity and culture.
For these, and many other reasons, statistics collected about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples are unique and occupy an important place in Australia's governance and development. As well as allowing the study and monitoring of developments and issues that affect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, statistical information provides agencies, organisations and individuals, with an important basis for their planning, policy and decision-making processes.
This page last updated 1 April 2010