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

People born in predominantly non-English speaking countries resident in Australia for five years or more, 2016

 

Policy context:  People in this category are those who were born in predominantly non-English speaking countries and have been in Australia for five years or more. In the post-war period (in particular from the 1950s), the majority of immigrants from non-English speaking countries came from Europe; in recent years the proportion of these immigrants from Europe has declined.

Reflecting this trend, the proportion arriving from North-West Europe has declined from 27.3% in 2011 to 23.2% in 2016 [1].

Reference

  1. Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). Cultural diversity in Australia - Reflecting Australia: Stories from the Census, 2016. (ABS Cat. no. 2071.0). Canberra: ABS; 2017 [accessed 10 August 2017]. Available from: http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/Lookup/by%20Subject/2071.0~2016~Main%20Features~Cultural%20Diversity%20Article~60
 

Notes:  The data comprise people born in predominantly non-English speaking countries arriving before 2012.

'Predominantly non-English speaking countries' comprise all but the following overseas countries, designated here as 'English speaking': Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, United Kingdom and the United States of America.

The numerator excludes the 6.9% of the population (this percentage varies across States/Territories) who did not provide their country of birth, as well as the 3.4% of the population born overseas who did not state their year of arrival: however, these records are included in the denominator.

 

Geography:  Data available by Population Health Area, Local Government Area, Primary Health Network, Quintiles and Remoteness Areas

 

Numerator:  People born in predominantly non-English speaking countries, and resident in Australia for five years or more

 

Denominator:  Total population

 

Detail of analysis:  Percent

 

Source:  Compiled by PHIDU based on the ABS Census of Population and Housing, August 2016.

 

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