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Ever wondered how much has the Indian population grown in Australia in last five years? On Tuesday, the Australian Bureau of Statistics will release the 2016 Census data.
Mosiqi Acharya

26 Jun 2017 - 3:15 PM  UPDATED 26 Jun 2017 - 3:15 PM

Ever wondered how much has the Indian population grown in Australia in last five years? On Tuesday, the Australian Bureau of Statistics will release the 2016 Census data.

The Census of Population and Housing (Census) is Australia’s largest statistical collection undertaken by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). It provides a snapshot of Australia, showing how our nation has changed over time, allowing us to plan for the future.

Census 2016 was conducted from 9th August till 23rd September last year where Australians were invited to fill in their details on census form online or via a paper submission.

The data of Census 2016 will be unveiled on Tuesday, 27th June, 2017.

This comprehensive dataset will include national, state/territory and capital city data for selected key person, family and dwelling characteristics, including age, sex, religion, language and income.


The first round of 2016 Census information released in April 2017 revealed what makes the ‘typical’ Australian at the national and state/territory level.

According to the ABS, the typical Australian is:

  • 38 years old
  • female
  • born in Australia
  • of English ancestry
  • married
  • living in a couple family with two children in a house with three bedrooms
  • and has two motor vehicles

The description of the 'typical Australian' is based on the most common responses to last year’s Census.


Over the past 10 years, the number of Australian residents born overseas has continued to increase, in particular those born in India and China have both more than doubled in this time. 

Although our ‘typical’ Australian has both parents born in Australia, the ‘typical’ Australian in New South Wales, Victoria, and Western Australia has at least one parent who was born overseas.

In 2016, the ‘typical’ migrant in Australia was born in England and is 44 years old.

There are however some differences between the states – the ‘typical’ migrant in Queensland was born in New Zealand, while in Victoria the ‘typical’ migrant was born in India. The ‘typical’ migrant in New South Wales was born in China.


As of 30th June 2016, over 28 per cent of Australia's population is born overseas, according to figures released in March 2017 by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

With an increase in net overseas migration, the ABS revealed people born in India formed 1.9% of Australian population. 468,800 people who reside in Australia were recorded to be born in India.

New data on Indian population in Australia will be revealed on Tuesday noon. Follow SBS Hindi’s Facebook Page for latest news and updates about Census 2016.

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