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Culture and language

Cultural knowledge and education

In 2018–19, among Indigenous Australians aged 18 and over: 

  • 55% (263,900 people) were very satisfied or satisfied with their own knowledge of culture.
  • 81% (74,900 people) of the people who lived in remote areas were very satisfied or satisfied with their own knowledge of culture. Just under half (49%, or 189,000 people) of the people in non-remote areas were very satisfied or satisfied with their own knowledge of culture.
  • 82% (37,700) of the people who lived in the Northern Territory were very satisfied or satisfied with their own knowledge of culture. This was the highest of all states and territories (Figure CL 3).
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Cultural education

In 2014–15:

  • 65% (112,800) of Indigenous children aged 2–14 were being taught about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture at preschool or school (including home school).
  • 47% (208,400) of Indigenous Australians aged 15 and over who had attended or were currently attending school, or who had undertaken further studies, were taught Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture at school or as a part of further studies.
  • 17% (73,400) of Indigenous Australians aged 15 and over who had attended or were currently attending school, or who had undertaken further studies, were taught about their own clan, tribe or language group that they identified with in school or in further studies (Figure CL 4).
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