Professor Tony Barnes

M.Sc, B.Sc

University Fellow

Tony's career, spanning 41 years, has been primarily a combination of quantitative research in many different subject matter areas and professionalstatistician/demographer in government service. The primary focus of the past two decades has been Indigenous statistics and the demography of the Northern Territory.

During his career Tony has published about 150 peer reviewed scientific articles and large numbers of book chapters and papers in conference proceedings.

In recent years his published work has included a number of papers on population estimation methodology and Indigenous statistics, including a critical review of ABS Indigenous population estimation methods relevant to Indigenous and NT populations; a number of papers on Indigenous life expectancy; and an account of the relationship between population estimates and NT seats in the House of Representatives.

In conjunction with ANU colleagues, Tony has undertaken a number of reviews concerned with Indigenous statistics. These have included comparisons of Indigenous life expectancy in Anglo-colonial countries. He is currently a member of a number expert advisory and reference committees and groups for ABS and AIHW concerned with Indigenous population and health statistics.

Research Interests

  • Indigenous demography
  • Demography of Northern Territory
  • Indigenous life expectancy & 'gap' estimation 
  • Gambling statistics 

Open all | Close all

Research Projects

Current Projects

  • Analysis of 15 years of NT and Australian gambling financial statistics 
  • Estimation on the population of disabled people in Australian jurisdictions
  • Estimation of Indigenous life expectancy and 'gap'
  • Burden of Disease in Australia & Indigenous Burden of Disease

Publications & Resources

Book Chapters

Taylor, A., Bell, L., Axelsson, P., & Barnes, T(2011). The challenge of enumeration and population estimation in remote areas, In D. Carson, R. Rasmussen, P.C. Ensign, A. Taylor & L. Huskey (eds), Demography at the Edge: Remote human populations in developed nations (pp. 21-38).  Farnham, England: Ashgate Publishing.

Journal Articles

Brokensha, H., Barnes T., & Taylor, A. (2016) Changing Australia's age pension qualification age: modelling differential effects by race. Population Research and Policy Review.  DOI: 10.1007/s11113-016-9418-9.

Georges, N., Condon, J., Guthridge, S., Barnes, T., Zhao, Y., & Li, S. (2016). Northern Territory Aboriginal life expectancy over 5 decades: What have we learned and how should we continue? MJA

Taylor, A., & Barnes, T. (2013). 'Closing the Gap' in Indigenous life expectancies: What if we succeed? Journal of Population Research, 30(2). doi:10.1007/s12546-013-9106-0.

Conference Papers & Presentations

Barnes, T., Steven, M., & Thoss, M. (2016). Gambling $s in the Northern territory – Is the Territory out of line? National Association for Gambling Studies 26th Annual Conference 2016, Cairns, Qld.

Research Reports

Taylor, A., & Barnes, T. (2016). Indigenous Location Experimental Population Estimates. 

Brokensha, H., Barnes T., & Taylor, A. National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Population Modelling. Darwin: Charles Darwin University.

Taylor, A., & Barnes, T. (2011). Closing the Gap in Indigenous life expectancies: what if we succeed?  Research Brief 2011, No. 01. Darwin: Charles Darwin University.

Professional Positions, Memberships & Awards


  • Member of Burden of Disease Expert Advisory Committee  
  • Member of Indigenous Reference Group for Burden of Disease
  • Member of the Australian Bureau of Statistics Expert Advisory Group on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Statistics
  • Past member of the Australian Statistical Advisory Council (advises ABS on its workprogram)
Professor Anthony Barnes


T: ​+61 8 8999 7406

NT Department of Treasury & Finance
Darwin, NT