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The Australian National University

Demography as destiny: Schooling, work and Aboriginal population change at Wadeye

Working Paper 64 / 2010

Abstract

Recent Commonwealth Treasury intergenerational reports have failed to consider the very different challenges that arise for the Indigenous population as a consequence of demographic ageing. Almost universally across the country, Indigenous populations are moving into a phase of demographic transition that will see the population in the prime workforce age groups peak relative to those of dependent age. This phase of so-called demographic dividend enables the maximising of income, savings and investments, at least potentially. Given current levels of Indigenous education, workforce participation and productivit