Multicultural ACT

The 2011 Census provides useful information about culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities in the ACT, including countries of birth, languages spoken at home, English proficiency, ancestry and religion.

ACT Health has also developed  ACT Health community profiles for health professionals community profiles for health professionals with information about different country-of-birth communities in the ACT, including age and gender profiles, common health conditions, tips for culturally appropriate communication, and more.

2011 Census data

The 2011 Census provides useful information about culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities in the ACT.

Overseas born people in the ACT

In 2011, over 86,000 people (24% of the population) living in the ACT were born overseas. Nearly 60,000 people (17% of the total population, and 69% of the overseas born population) were born in a country in which English is not the main English spoken.

Gungahlin-Hall had the highest proportion of overseas born residents (29% of all residents) and Tuggeranong had the lowest proportion (19%).

The most common and fast growing birthplaces in 2011 were:

Rank

Most common overseas birthplaces, ACT, 2011

Fastest growing overseas birthplaces, ACT, 2011

1

England

Saudi Arabia

2

China

Bhutan

3

India

Nepal

4

New Zealand

Nigeria

5

Vietnam

Iraq

6

Philippines

India

7

United States of America

Pakistan

8

Germany

China

9

Sri Lanka

Sierra Leone

10

Malaysia

Bangladesh

Languages spoken in the ACT

In 2011, around 65,000 people in the ACT (18% of the population) spoke a language other than English at home. Nearly 8,000 people in the ACT (2%) spoke English not well or not at all.

Gungahlin-Hall had the highest proportion of residents who spoke a language other than English at home (28% of all residents) and Weston Creek-Stromlo had the lowest proportion (12%).

The most common and fast growing languages other than English spoken at home in 2011 were:

Rank

Most common languages other than English spoken at home, ACT, 2011

Fastest growing languages other than English spoken at home, ACT, 2011

1

Mandarin (China)

Karen (Burma/Myanmar)

2

Vietnamese (Vietnam)

Malayalam (India)

3

Cantonese (China)

Nepali (Nepal)

4

Italian (Italy)

Gujarati (India)

5

Spanish (Spain)

Punjabi (India and Pakistan)

6

Greek (Greece)

Telugu (India)

7

Arabic (multiple Middle Eastern and North African countries)

Afrikaans (South Africa and Namibia)

8

Croatian (Croatia)

Dinka (South Sudan)

9

Hindi (India)

Shona (Zimbabwe and Zambia)

10

German (Germany)

Urdu (Pakistan and India)

* Countries associated with languages are included for guidance only and are not comprehensive. Languages may also be spoken in countries other than those listed here.

The People of the Australian Capital Territory, Statistics from the 2011 Census provides further information about people from CALD backgrounds in the ACT.