A Census briefing was held in Sydney today (Wednesday, July 5) and Hon Ray Williams, Minister for Multiculturalism spoke to SBS Punjabi on the significance of the recently released Census data.
Mr Williams said "the release of the ABS data is really exciting", as it gives the true picture of multiculturalism in Australia, and especially in NSW. He spoke about the Punjabi community in glowing terms, and reflected on the fact that over 50% of Australia's current population has migrated from five nations - with India being one of the the top 5 source countries.
It is fascinating to know that Census 2016 has tried to collect data from over 300 diverse language-based communities in Australia.
This is the first time in history of Australia, that the Census was conducted online - the results have now been released and ready for analysis.
Hear our exclusive interview with Minster Ray Williams - in conversation with SBS Punjabi's MP Singh.