Employment gap

47.8% Indigenous population employed
 
75.6% Non-Indigenous population employed
 
 
PM Close the Gap Report - February 2014

In late 2013, employment data from the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey (AATSIHS) suggested the proportion of Indigenous people aged 15–64 who are employed fell from 53.8 per cent in 2008 to 47.8 per cent in 2012–13. As the proportion of non-Indigenous people who are employed rose from 75 per cent to 75.6 per cent, this means that the employment gap widened.

It's worth noting, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) counts participants in Community Development Employment Projects (CDEP) as being employed. The policy goal is to increase mainstream (non-CDEP) employment not the number of CDEP participants – CDEP is not intended to be a substitute for mainstream employment.

Mainstream (non-CDEP) Indigenous employment rates vary sharply by remoteness area. Only 30.2 per cent of Indigenous adults aged 15–64 in very remote areas were employed in a mainstream job in 2012–13 compared to 51.4 per cent in inner regional areas.

Demographic of Victoria's Aboriginal population

The Victorian Indigenous community is growing at a rapid-rate according to the 2011 Census data the population is now 37,990 (0.74% of the overall population) compared to 21,533 (0.46% of the overall population) in 2002. This is a youthful population compared with an ageing broader population, which presents Victorian local governments with an opportunity in terms of workforce planning and development. The Census data provides a wealth of valuable information for Victorian local governments that cannot be covered here, though a couple of the interesting results include:
24% of Indigenous Victorians live in the North & West Metropolitan Region, followed by the Southern Metropolitan and Loddon Mallee regions, each with 15%.
Actual figures in the 10 Municipalities with the greatest number of Indigenous residents range from 1125 (Whittlesea) up to 2083 (Greater Shepparton).
Source: Victorian Local Government Aboriginal Engagement & Reconciliation Survey (2012)
 
Northern Region - Indigenous employment, industries, occupations
www.abs.gov.au - Community Profiles
 
Labour force status 
 

LFSP

Employed, worked full-time

Employed, worked part-time

Employed, away from work

Unemployed, looking for full-time work

Unemployed, looking for part-time work

Total

VIC ESA Yarra SA2

256

88

32

30

21

427

VIC ESA Plenty SA2

727

348

96

103

47

1321

VIC ESA Calder SA2

478

208

72

65

35

858

Total

1461

644

200

198

103

2606

 

Industry of employment 

INDP - 1 Digit Level

Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing

Mining

Manufacturing

Electricity, Gas, Water and Waste Services

Construction

Wholesale Trade

Retail Trade

Accomm and Food Services

Transport, Postal and Warehousing

Information Media and Telecommunications

Financial and Insurance Services

Rental Hiring and Real Estate Services

VIC ESA Yarra SA2

3

4

7

7

15

11

15

33

10

14

15

9

VIC ESA Plenty SA2

3

4

95

18

118

32

94

71

49

11

29

5

VIC ESA Calder SA2

0

3

60

11

59

18

46

39

75

14

19

7

Total

6

11

162

36

192

61

155

143

134

39

63

21

INDP - 1 Digit Level

Professional, Scientific and Technical Services

Admin and Support Services

Public Admin and Safety

Education and Training

Health Care and Social Assistance

Arts and Recreation Services

Other Services

Inadequately described

Not stated

N/A

Grand Total

 Total

VIC ESA Yarra SA2

36

12

49

32

48

21

16

9

4

419

789

357

VIC ESA Plenty SA2

51

39

114

96

209

33

49

21

33

2122

3296

1120

VIC ESA Calder SA2

35

16

88

85

85

38

22

10

20

1345

2095

720

Total

122

67

251

213

342

92

87

40

57

3886

6180

2197

 Indigenous Occupations 

OCCP - 1 Digit Level

Managers

Professionals

Technicians and Trades Workers

Community and Personal Service Workers

Clerical and Admin

Workers

Sales Workers

Machinery Operators and Drivers

Labourers

Inadequately described

Not stated

N/A

Grand Total

Total

VIC ESA Yarra SA2

54

114

23

56

61

27

5

16

13

4

418

791

356

VIC ESA Plenty SA2

96

193

170

186

171

91

80

123

31

30

2123

3294

1110

VIC ESA Calder SA2

62

155

107

105

127

42

63

63

18

8

1345

2095

724

Total

212

462

300

347

359

160

148

202

62

42

3886

6180

2190

 
  
If you have any further statistical information you can share relating to ATSI employment in Melbourne's Northern Region please contact NIEworkgroup@gmail.com
 
 

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