Census 2016 a snapshot of our diversity

Victoria is home to one of the most culturally diverse societies in the world, and is also among the fastest-growing and most diverse states in Australia.

At the 2016 Census, Victoria's population was 5.93 million, compared to 5.35 million at the 2011 Census. This represents an increase of 10.7 per cent, compared to 8.8 per cent for the whole of Australia.

Of Victoria's total population:

  • 28.4 per cent (1,680,275) were born overseas in over 200 countries (up from 26.2 per cent in 2011 and 23.8 per cent in 2006),
  • 49.1 per cent (2,910,631) were born overseas or born in Australia with at least one parent born overseas (up from 46.6 per cent in 2011 and 43.6 per cent in 2006),

  • 26.0 per cent (1,538,835) spoke 260 languages other than English at home (up from 23.1 per cent in 2011 and 20.4 per cent in 2006), and 

  • 59.0 per cent (3,493,927) followed more than 130 different faiths (compared to 67.7 per cent in 2011 and 68.7% in 2006).

Find out more about the 2016 Census ethnicity characteristics


The Multicultural Affairs and Social Cohesion Division will update all other 2011 Census applications at multicultural.vic.gov.au

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