Census 2016: India among top five country of birth in seven states & territories, ahead of China in five

By Ram Khatry, Sydney
27 June 2017


Census 2016 has revealed an additional 160,027 people born in India now call this nation home bringing the total number of Indian residents in Australia to 455,389. Five years ago, the figure was only 295,362.

Numbers released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) show people of Indian origin have thrived in Australia. In seven out of eight states and territories of the Commonwealth, India appears and reappears among the top five countries of birth outside Australia.

IndiansIn four mainland states and two territories, there are now more people born in India than in China.

The biggest difference between India and China in terms of place of birth outside Australia is in New South Wales where there are 90,049 more Chinese (234,508) than Indians (143,459).

Australia’s multiculturalism and diversity becomes well-evidenced by the fact that one in every four residents of New South Wales are born overseas, ABS said in a press release today. That’s a good 27.6 per cent of the total population in NSW, the most populated state of Australia. In 2011 Census, it was only 24.3 per cent.

During 2011 Census, only 5.6 percent of Australia’s total overseas-born population were from India but now it has gone up to 7.4 percent, ABS said today.

England continues to be the most common birthplace for those born overseas (15 percent), followed by China (6.0 in 2011 to 8.3 percent in 2016). The proportion of those born in New Zealand has decreased over the same period, dropping from 9.1 percent to 8.4 percent.

The August 2016 Census counted 23.4 million people living in Australia, an increase of 8.8% since the 2011 Census. Australia’s population has more than doubled in the 50 years since the 1966 Census, which counted 11.6 million people.

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