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Culture and language

Learning an Indigenous language

In 2014–15, among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people:

  • 11% (66,500) were learning an Indigenous language.
  • 19% (36,700) of those aged 3–14 and 7% (29,900) of those aged 15 and over were learning an Indigenous language (Figure CL 11).

In 2014–15 of the Indigenous Australians aged 3 and over who were learning an Indigenous language:

  • 39% (25,700) were being taught by other relatives (e.g. aunt, grandfather), followed by parent (33%) and Community elder (17%).
  • 25% were being taught at school (Figure CL 12).