New census figures show that closing the education gap is still a long way off for Indigenous Australians. By Nicholas Biddle, Australian National University AUSTRALIA BY NUMBERS: Today, the Australian Bureau of Statistics will release the first batch of its 2011 census data. We’ve asked some of the country’s top demographers and statisticians to crunch the numbers on Australia’s population: how we live, where we work, who our families are and how we spend our time. Here, economist and demographer Nicholas Biddle looks at Australia’s Indigenous population as it stands in 2011, and how far from “Closing the Gap” we really are. The 1990s was supposed to be the “reconciliation decade”. Despite 250,000-300,000 Australians walking across the Harbour Bridge twelve years ago, it is clear that many of the aims of the movement have not been met. Read more: http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/1661662/Analysis:-Indigenous-education-still-behind The article also contains some interesting graphs, one of which shows the percentage of indigenous people who have completed year 12 (or equivalent) – 25%!! What do you think about the census data on indigenous levels of education? Have you read any other interesting education-based census statistics?