Children and young people

About children and young people in Australia

In the 2006, there were 6.64 million people living in Australia under the age of 25. This is about one third of the population.[26] In June 2009 there were 4.19 million children under 15 years of age, almost 20% of the total population.

Children and young people in Australia are culturally and linguistically diverse, with a high proportion of Indigenous young people and one in five young people born overseas.[27] Approximately 11% of children are living in households experiencing poverty. This is higher for children from Indigenous backgrounds.[28]

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[26] ABS 2006 Census of Population and Housing
[27]DEEWR, State of Australia’s Young People (2009) p 32 At http://www.deewr.gov.au/Youth/OfficeForYouth/Pages/Links.aspx (3 March 2011)
[28] Measuring poverty is complex. This rating is based on 50% of the median household income. It needs to be taken into consideration with other factors such as social exclusion. See Australian Research Alliance for Child and Youth, Report Card: The Wellbeing of Young Australians (2008). At http://www.aracy.org.au/index.cfm?pageName=search (viewed 26 August 2010).