8 benchmarks where Rocky's indigenous are disadvantaged

ROCKY'S INDIGENOUS DISADVANTAGE

  • Nearly 20% live in overcrowded homes
  • Three times more likely to be unemployed and from jobless family
  • Lower career prospects with only 3% in a manager's role
  • Less than 10% of indigenous dwellings are owned outright

A NEW report has highlighted massive gaps between the indigenous people in Rockhampton and Brisbane.

The Know Your Community report, released last week, was developed in a partnership between the Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships and the Queensland Government Statistician's Office.

It also illustrates the huge gap in living standards between Rockhampton's indigenous and non-indigenous populations.

Here are eight key areas where Rockhampton's 4889 indigenous people are disadvantaged.

 

BROKEN HOMES

  • 29.2% of Rockhampton households with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples were occupied by one parent families, compared to 11.0% of non-Indigenous households. In Brisbane 24.5% indigenous households were one parent families.

JOBLESS HOMES

  • 37.9% of dependent children in indigenous families were from jobless families. This is more than three times higher than in non-indigenous families, where the number was 11.9%. In Brisbane the indigenous figure was 33.0%.

 

HIGHER UNEMPLOYMENT

 

  • The unemployment rate for Rockhampton's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples was 17.9%. The unemployment rate for non-Indigenous persons was 4.9%. The unemployment rate for indigenous peoples in Brisbane was 13.6%.

OVERCROWDED HOMES

  • 19.8% of Rockhampton households with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples were overcrowded. 5.9% of non-Indigenous households were overcrowded. In Brisbane 12.0% of indigenous households were overcrowded.

 

POORER EDUCATION

  • 36.2% of Rockhampton's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples aged 15 years and over had a non-school qualification, compared to 46.4% of non-Indigenous persons and 45.7% of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in Brisbane.
  • Less than one in three Rockhampton indigenous people, aged 18-24, was working, studying or training. In Brisbane the number was one in two and in Rockhampton's non-indigenous population 65.1% are engaged in one of the activities.

LESS MONEY

  • 26.9% of Rockhampton's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples aged 15 years and over earned between $200-$399 per week. For our non-indigenous population the figure is 22.1% and in Brisbane 22.7% of the indigenous people earned within this monetary range.

FEWER MANAGERS

  • Rockhampton has 43 indigenous managers (3.3% of the indigenous population). This compares to 8.6% of non-indigenous population being managers. In Brisbane the indigenous % is 6.9.

LESS SECURITY

  • In Rockhampton, 9.9% of indigenous dwellings were owned outright, compared to 31.6% of non-indigenous households. In Brisbane, 9.4% of indigenous households were owned outright.

Source: Information from the report was based on 2011 Census data.