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Education and work

Difficulty finding employment

In 2014–15, of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples aged 15–64 who were unemployed (13% or 53,083), 92% (48,735) had difficulties finding work (AIHW & NIAA 2020). The most common reasons Indigenous Australians aged 15–64 had difficulty finding work were:

  • no jobs in their local area or line of work (41% or 21,636)
  • transport problems or distance (32% or 17,018)
  • no driver’s licence (31% or 16,346)
  • insufficient education, training or skills (30% or 15,963)
  • no jobs at all (26% or 13,831) (Figure EW 19).