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First Peoples

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples should be aware that this resource may contain images or names of people who have since passed away.


The Reconciliation Barometer has been tracked every two years since its launch in 2007. It measure the progress of reconciliation between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and non-Indigenous Australians.

Key findings:

  • The degree of importance that Indigenous respondents attach to the relationship between Indigenous and other Australians has stayed largely consistent over the three survey waves. Whilst the number of general community respondents who viewed the relationship as either very or fairly important fell between 2008 and 2010, this does not appear to signify the start of a trend, with the 2012 results unchanged from 2010.
  • The quality of the relationship between Indigenous Australians and other Australians is viewed with some consistency between the two groups, with similar number of Indigenous and general community respondents believing the relationship is either fairly or very good within each survey wave. The apparent decline in relationship quality between 2008 and 2010 does not seem to be the start of a trend, with the 2012 results similar to the 2010 findings.
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