Click here for information on the term 'Indigenous' The use of the term 'Indigenous' has evolved through international law.
It acknowledges a particular relationship of aboriginal people to the territory from which they originate.
In June 2001, 2.2% of the total population of Australia identified themselves as Indigenous.
The number of people identifying themselves as Indigenous has increased by 16% since the 1996 Census.
There were numerous challenges to overcome for the white people, and Aboriginal experts helped them in all of them: This short documentary film film, made by Lucinda Horrocks and Jary Nemo, explores the little known contribution Aboriginal people made in colonial times by guiding people and stock across the river systems of Victoria.
Aboriginal people living in urban areas, such as Western Sydney, use tap water which works well with washing machines.Percentage of Aboriginal people in 2008 whose main source of personal income was Community Development Employment Projects program payments, government pensions or allowances. In business, Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal parties have a history of not trusting each other."Historically we have encountered a perceived lack of good governance that has held back some banks and other financiers from getting involved because of the fear working with the blackfellas will all be just too difficult," says Bruce Martin, chairman of organisation Aak Puul Ngantam (APN) Cape York."And conversely lots of people within our community have been held back by concerns that every whitefella in the investment community is a snake oil salesman come to rip us off."Forming good mutual relationships is a prerequisite for economic development.4 Top Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2001 Census: Basic Community Profile and Snapshot, Australia and all States and Territories, Canberra, 2002. Over half (58%) of all Torres Strait Islander peoples live in Queensland.The rest of the population live in other States, with 18% in New South Wales and 6% in Victoria.Consultation is key when doing business, even if you create an Aboriginal-themed product yourself.Underwear manufacturer Aussie Bum had to learn this the hard way after an Australia Day underwear collection with Aboriginal imagery caused offence.The chief executive of Aussie Bum, Sean Ashby, promised his company would seek Aboriginal community consultation for future Aboriginal-themed collections.Dr Warren Mundine estimates that around a third of government funding for Aboriginal programs "doesn’t even make it past the front doors of office buildings" in Australia as it passes through several layers of bureaucracy and other administration.The word 'aboriginal with a lowercase 'a' refers to an indigenous person from any part of the world.As such, it does not necessarily refer to the Aboriginal people of Australia.