Population & Migration

The State of Victoria has been enriched by the presence of people from all over the world. At the 2016 Census 28.4% of Victoria's population were born overseas and 49.1% of Victorians were either born overseas, or have a parent who was born overseas. Victorians come from more than 200 countries, speak 260 languages and dialects and follow 135 religious faiths. Most of the overseas-born Victorians came to Australia as migrants hoping to find a better life for themselves and their children. A significant number came to Australia as refugees – first Europeans displaced by the Second World War, then refugees from the war in Indo-China and more recently refugees from conflicts in the republics of the former Yugoslavia, the Horn of Africa, the Middle East and Afghanistan.

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2016 Census: A snapshot of our diversity

In the 100 years since the first national Census, the multicultural nature of Australian society has developed and grown significantly – especially here in Victoria. Our population is among the fastest-growing and most diverse in Australia.


Migrating to Victoria and Australia

Migrants and refugees have made an enormous contribution to the Victorian community in areas such as business and politics, education and research and sports and the arts.

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2016 Census Publications

The Victorian Government has produced a number of useful publications that explore Victoria's population diversity. These include: Population Diversity in Victoria: 2016 Census - Local Government Areas; Victoria's Diverse Population - 2016 Census Brochure; 2016 Census - Ethnicity characteristics; Community Fact Sheets; and Community Profiles. 

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Events Calendar

  • 03 Aug

    Cultural Day

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  • 17 Aug

    Devotional Melodies by Surya Gayathri

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  • 25 Aug

    Music that Leaps and Bounds: presented by Chao Feng Chinese Orchestra

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  • 07 Sep

    Pt. Birju Maharajji Live in Concert

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