Australia’s population is more diverse than ever

The results of the latest Census revealed an increasingly diverse global population in Australia, with more than 300 separately identified languages spoken in homes across the country.

More than one-fifth (21%) of Australians now speak a language other than English at home, according to the Census, with about one third born overseas. From more than 6.1 million overseas-born persons, nearly one in five (18%) had arrived since the start of 2012.

The Census shows that Australia has a higher proportion of overseas-born people (26%) than the United States (14%), Canada (22%), New Zealand (23%) and the United Kingdom (13%). This makes Australia a hugely diverse nation. Dig a generation deeper and our diversity becomes even richer. People born overseas, or who had at least one parent born overseas, made up almost half (49%) of our entire population in 2016.


The proportion of overseas-born persons born in China and India has increased from 6% to 8.3%, and 5.6% to 7.4% respectively since 2011, and Malaysia now appeared in the top 10 countries of birth replacing Scotland.

As the population has continued to diversify, we have also seen a greater number of new and emerging languages requested for interpreting and translations services – with 15 languages serviced for the first time

This is the changing face of our nation. Our own ‘nation of nations’ continues to flourishwith each Census. 

Census 2016 

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