Indigenous background

In measuring social exclusion using the latest 2015 data we found that 44% of Indigenous Australians experience social exclusion, compared to 22% of all Australians.

In 2015, 18% of Indigenous Australians experience deep social exclusion.

In the period 2006 to 2015, social exclusion among Indigenous Australians was at its lowest level (38%) in 2008, but it has increased since then, affecting 44% of this group in 2015.


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 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, 2006 to 2015

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 2017'.

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 15 of the HILDA Survey in December 2017.

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