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Rate of poverty by state/territory of residence

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This graph compares average poverty rates in the eight states and territories.

NOTE: These average figures mask income disparities among different groups in the community. For example, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people represent 30 per cent of the Northern Territory population of 245,740 people. In the Northern Territory, as elsewhere, there are substantial income disparities between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and the rest of the population. In 2016, median personal income for Indigenous individuals was $281 per week, just 26% of the $1,072 received by other Northern Territorians. Altman J (2017), Deepening Indigenous poverty in the Northern Territory, 14th November 2017. College of Asia and the Pacific, Australian National University.

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