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Employment Sector

In the 2006 Census, 46% of Indigenous people aged 15 years and over were employed: of these 93% were employees, 6% were self employed and 1% were contributing family workers.

For non-Indigenous workers 82% were employees, 17% were self employed and 2% were contributing family workers.

Employed persons by Indigenous status, 2006
Indigenous
%
Non-Indigenous
%
Employees
93
82
Self Employed
6
17
Contributing family worker
1
2
Totals do not add to 100 due to rounding.
Source: Population Characteristics, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, Australia, 2006 (cat. no. 4713.0).


Indigenous people were most likely to be employed in the private sector (74%), followed by the State/Territory and Local governments (12% and 10% respectively) and the Commonwealth government (4%).

For non-Indigenous persons the private sector employed 86% with the State/Territory and Commonwealth governments employing 9% and 4% respectively and Local government 1%.


Employment Sector by Indigenous status and sex (a) (b), 2006
Indigenous %
Non-Indigenous %
Males
Females
Total
Males
Females
Total
Private sector
76.9
71.1
74.2
88.2
82.3
85.5
Commonwealth Government
3.3
5.4
4.3
3.9
4.3
4.1
State/Territory Government
8.3
15.9
11.9
6.4
12.1
9.0
Local Government
11.5
7.6
9.7
1.5
1.3
1.4
(a) Based on place of usual residence, Census 2006.
(b) Persons aged 15 years and over who had a job in the week prior to Census.
Source: Population Characteristics, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, Australia, 2006 (cat. no. 4713.0).


At the time of the Census, Indigenous females were more likely to be employed by State/Territory government (15.9%) than local or Commonwealth government (7.6% and 5.4% respectively). Indigenous males on the other hand were more likely to be employed by local government (11.5%) than Commonwealth or State/Territory (3.3% and 8.3% respectively).

Both male and female non-Indigenous persons were more likely to be employed by State/Territory government (6.4% and 12.1% respectively) than other government sectors.


Government Sector by Indigenous status and sex (a) (b), 2006

(a) Based on place of usual residence, Census, 2006.
(b) Persons aged 15 years and over who had a job in the week prior to Census.
Source: Population Characteristics, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, Australia, 2006 (cat. no. 4713.0).




Further Information: See Population Characteristics, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, Australia, 2006 (cat. no. 4713.0).





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