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The three largest ancestries in the City of Brimbank in 2016 were Vietnamese, Australian and English.

Ancestry defines the cultural association and ethnic background of an individual going back three generations. Ancestry is a good measure of the total size of cultural groups in the City of Brimbank regardless of where they were born or what language they speak.

Ancestry data, should be combined with data on Birthplace, Language Spoken at Home and Religion for a more complete picture of the City of Brimbank's ethnic characteristics.

Please note that the "Australian Aboriginal" and "Torres Strait Islander" categories in this topic are not considered to be a reliable estimate of the indigenous peoples of Australia. For information on this group, please use the "Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Population" found on the Population page.

Please note: Due to changes in ABS rules around perturbation and additivity of data to protect the confidentiality of individuals in 2016, counts of ancestry groups and totals derived from them may differ slightly from those published by the ABS. For more information see notes on data confidentiality.

Derived from the Census question:

'What is the person's ancestry?'

Multi-response

Total population

Ancestry - Ranked by size
City of Brimbank - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
AncestryNumber%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idVietnamese31,09916.02.423,31212.82.0+7,787
Australian
24,04312.424.023,48912.926.4+554
English
22,77911.726.621,65311.826.9+1,126
map this data in atlas.idItalian12,6686.56.712,8597.07.0-191
Chinese
12,5646.57.910,7155.96.1+1,849
Maltese
11,0775.71.512,2836.71.6-1,206
Indian
9,5294.94.47,9074.33.2+1,622
Filipino
7,6213.91.36,6333.61.1+988
Greek
7,0833.63.67,1353.93.9-52
Irish
6,3473.39.15,6983.18.8+649
Macedonian
5,6992.90.95,9793.31.0-280
Scottish
4,9442.57.34,5542.57.2+390
Croatian
4,8742.50.85,2602.90.9-386
German
3,3221.73.03,1991.83.0+123
Polish
2,6471.41.13,0051.61.1-358
Serbian
2,5481.30.62,6451.40.7-97
Turkish
2,5071.30.82,7571.50.8-250
Inadequately Described
2,1381.10.79940.50.4+1,144
Burmese peoples
2,0721.10.35510.30.2+1,521
Samoan
2,0461.10.41,1310.60.3+915
Lebanese
2,0071.01.01,8411.01.0+166
Sinhalese
1,9031.01.51,5190.81.2+384
Spanish
1,7060.90.51,5410.80.5+165
Pakistani
1,6900.90.47390.40.2+951
Punjabi
1,6520.90.36150.30.1+1,037
Sudanese
1,6370.80.31,5160.80.2+121
Other Indian subcontinent
1,4330.70.45570.30.2+876
Bosnian
1,2900.70.21,2640.70.2+26
Ethiopian
1,2650.70.26920.40.1+573
Cypriot
1,2490.60.31,1140.60.2+135
Egyptian
1,1780.60.31,0910.60.3+87
Albanian
1,1550.60.21,0630.60.2+92
Maori
1,0090.50.48560.50.4+153
Chilean
9200.50.29160.50.2+4
Tongan
8670.40.14500.20.1+417
Dutch
8350.41.59110.51.6-76
Ukrainian
8320.40.39380.50.3-106
Timorese
7910.40.16720.40.1+119
New Zealander
7140.40.75610.30.7+153
Nepalese
6670.30.23160.20.1+351
Central and West African
6570.30.14020.20.1+255
Portuguese
6410.30.35420.30.2+99
Tamil
6060.30.22250.10.2+381
Hungarian
5870.30.46110.30.5-24
Bengali
5620.30.24510.20.1+111
Thai
5590.30.33460.20.2+213
Eritrean
5550.30.12820.20.1+273
Lao
5270.30.14350.20.1+92
Fijian
5210.30.23750.20.1+146
Iranian
5060.30.41340.10.2+372
Slovene
4840.20.15070.30.1-23
French
4730.20.64140.20.5+59
Salvadoran
4690.20.14260.20.1+43
Afghan
4680.20.41790.10.2+289
Somali
4660.20.22070.10.1+259
Syrian
4210.20.12930.20.1+128
Russian
4150.20.54280.20.5-13
Other Southern and East African
4080.20.14610.30.1-53
Romanian
4030.20.24000.20.2+3
Assyrian/Chaldean
3900.20.31900.10.2+200
Other Central Asian
3730.20.2410.00.1+332
Cook Islander
3240.20.12050.10.1+119
Arab not further described
3230.20.23640.20.2-41
Indonesian
3180.20.32420.10.3+76
Iraqi
2980.20.31240.10.2+174
Anglo-Indian
2900.10.13740.20.1-84
Australian Aboriginal
2820.10.11160.10.1+166
Mauritian
2780.10.32500.10.3+28
Malay
2730.10.32430.10.2+30
Argentinian
2700.10.12860.20.1-16
Welsh
2610.10.52710.10.5-10
Austrian
2550.10.22900.20.2-35
Other Oceanian (inc. Melanesia & Micronesia)
2500.10.11400.10.0+110
Other Southern/South East European
2300.10.100.00.0+230
American
2190.10.31770.10.3+42
Slovak
2150.10.12740.10.1-59
Other Polynesian
2130.10.0860.00.0+127
Other North American
2020.10.11420.10.0+60
Kurdish
1970.10.1960.10.0+101
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Excludes ancestries with fewer than 20 responses, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Ancestry - Totals
City of Brimbank - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %2011 to 2016
Not stated13,2526.86.216,7889.26.4-3,536

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Ancestry, 2016
Ancestry, 2016 Vietnamese, Greater Melbourne: 2.4% Australian, Greater Melbourne: 24.0% English, Greater Melbourne: 26.6% Italian, Greater Melbourne: 6.7% Chinese, Greater Melbourne: 7.9% Maltese, Greater Melbourne: 1.5% Indian, Greater Melbourne: 4.4% Filipino, Greater Melbourne: 1.3% Greek, Greater Melbourne: 3.6% Irish, Greater Melbourne: 9.1% Vietnamese, City of Brimbank: 16.0% Australian, City of Brimbank: 12.4% English, City of Brimbank: 11.7% Italian, City of Brimbank: 6.5% Chinese, City of Brimbank: 6.5% Maltese, City of Brimbank: 5.7% Indian, City of Brimbank: 4.9% Filipino, City of Brimbank: 3.9% Greek, City of Brimbank: 3.6% Irish, City of Brimbank: 3.3%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in ancestry, 2011 to 2016
Change in ancestry, 2011 to 2016 Vietnamese, City of Brimbank: +7,787 Australian, City of Brimbank: +554 English, City of Brimbank: +1,126 Italian, City of Brimbank: -191 Chinese, City of Brimbank: +1,849 Maltese, City of Brimbank: -1,206 Indian, City of Brimbank: +1,622 Filipino, City of Brimbank: +988 Greek, City of Brimbank: -52 Irish, City of Brimbank: +649
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 and 2016 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the ancestry responses of the population in City of Brimbank in 2016 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • Vietnamese (31,099 people or 16.0%)
  • Australian (24,043 people or 12.4%)
  • English (22,779 people or 11.7%)
  • Italian (12,668 people or 6.5%)
  • Chinese (12,564 people or 6.5%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 103,153 responses in total, or 53.08% of all responses.

The major differences between the ancestries of the population in the City of Brimbank and Greater Melbourne were:

  • A larger percentage of people with Vietnamese ancestry (16.0% compared to 2.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with English ancestry (11.7% compared to 26.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Australian ancestry (12.4% compared to 24.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Irish ancestry (3.3% compared to 9.1%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the reported ancestries of the population in this area between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • Vietnamese (+7,787 persons)
  • Chinese (+1,849 persons)
  • Indian (+1,622 persons)
  • Burmese peoples (+1,521 persons)

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