Quick Bite | Our population diversity

The overseas-born population in Australia grew by 155,000 people in 2022, increasing to 29.5% of the nation’s total population, according to data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

Jenny Dobak, ABS head of migration statistics, said on Tuesday 31 October, “On 30 June 2022, Australian residents born overseas made up 7.7 million of Australia’s estimated population of 26 million people. This was an increase of 2.1% from 2021.”

“Western Australia had the highest proportion born overseas at 34% while Tasmania had the lowest at 16%, in 2021. Those born in England, India, China and New Zealand were the largest groups of people born overseas nationally, together making up over one-third of all migrants living in Australia in 2022. People born in England continued to be the largest migrant group at 961,000, followed by people born in India, at 754,000.”

The chart below shows how rapidly the Indian-born population has grown over the past 10 years, with others like those from the Philippines, Vietnam and Nepal also growing rapidly in percentage terms, albeit off lower bases.

Source: ABS


On a personal level, I’ve always believed that the diversity of Australia’s population is a great strength and a positive attribute for the country. The fact that so many migrants seek to come here is a testament to the wonderful country that is Australia. I migrated from South Africa some 35 years ago, and although I still take pride in the Springboks winning the Rugby World Cup, I am very glad and grateful to call Australia home.

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