Indigenous background

In measuring social exclusion using the latest 2014 data we found that almost 40% of Indigenous Australians experience social exclusion, compared to 22% of all Australians.

In 2014, one in six Indigenous Australians experience deep social exclusion.

Social exclusion among Indigenous Australians fell from 46% in 2005 to 34% in 2008 but increased after 2008, affecting 39.5% of this group in 2014.


It is important to note that the data source for the social exclusion monitor, the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia (HILDA) Survey, does not include people living in sparsely populated or remote areas.

In the graph below, the ‘all social exclusion’ line shows the total of marginal social exclusion and deep social exclusion.

Graph of social exclusion for Indigenous Australians, 2005 to 2014

To copy this graph for your own use, right-click on the image (or control-click on a Mac) and paste the graph into your document. Please credit 'The Brotherhood of St Laurence and the Melbourne Institute 2016'.

See data table for this graph and note on updated indicators


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The social exclusion monitor is the work of the Brotherhood of St Laurence and the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research (MIAESR). This page was updated using analysis of Wave 14 of the HILDA Survey in October 2016.

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