Notes on the data: Birthplace & Non-English speaking residents

People born (overseas) in predominantly English speaking countries, 2011


Policy context:  In 2011, the Census revealed that over a quarter (26%) of Australia's population was born overseas and a further one fifth (20%) had at least one overseas-born parent [1]. The United Kingdom was the leading country of birth for the overseas-born population (21%). It was followed by New Zealand (9.1%), China (6.0%), India (5.6%) and Italy (3.5%).

Those people born in the main English speaking countries other than Australia were born in Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, the United Kingdom or the United States of America. In 2011, England and New Zealand were among the top five countries of birth for newly arrived Australian residents [1].


  1. Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). Cultural diversity in Australia - Reflecting a Nation: Stories from the 2011 Census, 2012-2013. (ABS Cat. no. 2071.0). Canberra: ABS; 2012.

Notes:  Countries designated as predominantly English speaking are: Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, United Kingdom and the United States of America.

The data exclude the 5.6% of the population who did not state their country of birth. (The proportion excluded was calculated based on the Australian data.)


Numerator:  People born (overseas) in English speaking countries


Denominator:  Total population


Detail of analysis:  Per cent


Source:  Compiled by PHIDU based on the ABS Census 2011 data.


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