Australia – Indigenous languages still being used


3 November, 2009

Australian indigenous peoples map

A survey of Indigenous people around Australia has found that the use of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages has remained almost steady since 2002.

The information comes from surveys done by the Australian Bureau of Statistics in 2008.

It found 11 per cent of Indigenous people over 15, and 8 per cent of Indigenous children spoke an Indigenous language as their main language at home.

This was down only 1 per cent on a survey taken in 2002.

But the recent figures show that 40 per cent of Indigenous people spoke an Indigenous language – even if it was only a few words.


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