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 over 250 languages and dialects and follow over 130 religions. 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 parts of Africa, the Middle East and Asia.
New publications for the 2016 Census will replace those for the 2011 Census on this site as soon as they become available.
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. Click on the link below to read more about Victoria's growing diversity.more >
Victoria's Diverse Population: 2016 Census brochure
An eight page brochure presenting highlights of Victoria’s diverse population with data from the 2016 Census.more >
Community Fact Sheets: 2016 Census
Community Fact Sheets are produced for the top 100 overseas birthplace groups in Victoria. Each two page fact sheet includes summary tables on the ethnicity characteristics of the birthplace group. The fact sheets are published as electronic copies only for free download.more >
2016 Census: Ethnicity characteristics
Census data tables are now available showing changes in Victoria's diverse population from 2011 to 2016. Statistics compared include: country of birth; languages spoken at home; religion and ancestry. Click on the link below to view 2016 Census data tables.more >
Population Diversity in Local Councils in Victoria: 2011 Census - report
This publication (LGA Report) provides data on the key census cultural and language diversity indicators for Victoria’s population, including country of birth (birthplace), language spoken at home and religion by Local Government Areas (LGA). It consists of a main section on these indicators for all of Victoria, followed by four and two page profiles for each LGA. The Report also includes profiles for the Victorian Multicultural Commission’s eight Regional Advisory Council (RAC) regions. It is an invaluable guide for local government planners, community organisations, researchers and those in the broader community concerned with policy planning and the design of culturally appropriate services. Limited hard copies are printed. Electronic copies are available for free download.more >
Community Profiles Series: 2011 Census
Community Profiles are produced for the top 100 overseas birthplace groups in Victoria. Each profile includes a series of 32 tables comparing diverse ethnic characteristics with a range of socio-demographic variables. The Profiles are published as electronic copies only for free download.more >