Recent Census Reveals Australia is More Asian Than Ever

A recent census revealed that the highly diversified population of Australia is now more Asian than ever before.

The new data showed that just a little over half of Australia’s residents had two Australian-born parents. The figure, which now stands at only 50.7%, is a significant drop from 54% in 2011 and 57% back in 2006.

According to The Age, last year’s figures show that over a quarter (26.3%) of the country’s population was born overseas.

Interestingly, the majority of the overseas-born came from Asian countries rather than European nations. Most of the foreign-born residents have reportedly come from China, India, the Philippines, Vietnam, and Malaysia.

The current trend has also somehow aided in slowing down the country’s aging population as Asian immigrants tend to be relatively much younger than European immigrants in general. It was found that in 2016, 15.8% of Australians were aged 65 and over, while 4% were 85 or over.

From 29% of residents a decade ago, only 23.5% identified their ancestry in 2016 as Australian, which 25% described themselves as English. The use of the English language has also become less common, with 72.7% of Australian households admitting they speak only English at home.

Around 2.2% of Australians speak Mandarin at home, while 1.4% speak Arabic, 1.2% speak  Vietnamese and 1.2% use Cantonese. In total, the census found 300 different languages being used in Australian households in 2016. The number also includes Indigenous languages.

According to Australia’s Bureau of Statistics, there were around 23.4 million Australian residents as of August 2016.

Support our Journalism with a Contribution

Many people might not know this, but despite our large and loyal following which we are immensely grateful for, NextShark is still a small bootstrapped startup that runs on no outside funding or loans.

Everything you see today is built on the backs of warriors who have sacrificed opportunities to help give Asians all over the world a bigger voice.

However, we still face many trials and tribulations in our industry, from figuring out the most sustainable business model for independent media companies to facing the current COVID-19 pandemic decimating advertising revenues across the board.

We hope you consider making a contribution so we can continue to provide you with quality content that informs, educates and inspires the Asian community. Even a $1 contribution goes a long way. Thank you for everyone’s support. We love you all and can’t appreciate you guys enough.

NextShark is a leading source covering Asian American News and Asian News including business, culture, entertainment, politics, tech and lifestyle.

For advertising and inquiries: info@nextshark.com