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Adolescents and youth

15–24 years

Wayne Quilliam Photography


Youth is an important period in a person’s life. It is when decisions are made about relationships, education and career paths, employment and finances. This section focuses on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people aged 15–24. It reports on health and wellbeing outcomes, social and economic determinants, health risk factors and health and welfare service use.

Key facts

Indigenous Australians aged 15–24, in Australia, in 2016


of Indigenous Australians aged 20–24 had attained Year 12 or equivalent qualification (Certificate III or above)


of Indigenous Australians aged 15–24 spoke an Indigenous language at home in 2016


of Indigenous Australians aged 15–24 thought that they were happy all or most of the time in 2014–15


of Indigenous Australians aged 15–24, thought that their health was excellent or very good in 2018–19


of Indigenous Australians aged 15–24 had never smoked in 2018–2019

Indigenous population aged 15–24, 30 June 2016
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