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Education and work

63% of Indigenous Australians aged 20–24 had Year 12 or equivalent qualifications in 2016
49% of Indigenous Australians aged 15–64 were employed in 2018–19
83% of Indigenous Australians aged 15–64 who held a Bachelor degree or higher were employed in 2016

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Education, training and having a job can help a person to lead a productive and fulfilling life. This section provides an overview of education and work among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It covers educational attainment, income, labour force status and occupation.

You can also find regional statistics in the Regional overview dashboard; search for your community and select the relevant topic.

Key facts

Indigenous students were enrolled in Australian schools in 2021


of Indigenous students who started Year 10 stayed at school until the end of Year 12


Indigenous Australians aged 15–64 (18%) worked as community and personal service workers which is the top among all occupations


was the median equivalised weekly household income for Indigenous Australians aged 15 and over in 2016

Indigenous Australians attending any educational institution
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