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Locations of Indigenous population change: what can we say?

Posted on: 12 August, 2008
Issue: Vol 8 No 3, July 2008 - September 2008
Related to Population

Taylor J, Biddle N (2008)
Locations of Indigenous population change: what can we say? (CAEPR Working Paper no. 43/2008)
Canberra: Centre for Aboriginal Economic Policy Research
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This paper aims to provide an answer to the analytical and policy issues that arise from high levels of undercount associated with Indigenous populations, within census data. A suggested method of improving accuracy is modelling the contribution of net migration to small area population change. The paper also seeks to address the concerns of population analysts who argue that the use of administrative units for spatial presentation of census data is suboptimal in representing meaningful social and economic regions. Historical undercounting in remote areas in Western Australia, Northern Territory and to a lesser extent Queensland indicates that there has been fiscal under resourcing of Indigenous populations in these areas for 35 years. It is implied that services and programs to remote communities on the basis of official population estimates have been inadequate and that at a jurisdictional level, and within the role of the Commonwealth Grants Commission, resourcing for Indigenous populations may be based on flawed weightings.

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