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The three largest ancestries in Sunshine West 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 Sunshine West 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 Sunshine West'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
Sunshine West - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
AncestryNumber%City of Brimbank %Number%City of Brimbank %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idVietnamese3,83520.716.02,97817.812.8+857
Australian
2,02410.912.41,78510.712.9+239
English
1,8039.711.71,70910.211.8+94
Chinese
1,1926.46.59465.75.9+246
Greek
1,1436.23.61,1977.23.9-54
Maltese
1,0925.95.71,2177.36.7-125
map this data in atlas.idItalian7734.26.57804.77.0-7
Indian
6093.34.94502.74.3+159
Macedonian
5773.12.95913.53.3-14
Filipino
5462.93.94422.63.6+104
Irish
4832.63.34662.83.1+17
Scottish
4042.22.53582.12.5+46
Turkish
4002.21.34072.41.5-7
Croatian
2741.52.52671.62.9+7
Burmese peoples
2611.41.1650.40.3+196
Polish
2311.21.42651.61.6-34
Samoan
2141.21.11500.90.6+64
German
2121.11.72191.31.8-7
Inadequately Described
1951.11.1860.50.5+109
Pakistani
1760.90.9460.30.4+130
Cypriot
1740.90.61841.10.6-10
Albanian
1730.90.61681.00.6+5
Tongan
1710.90.4980.60.2+73
Sudanese
1710.90.81971.20.8-26
Ethiopian
1520.80.7930.60.4+59
Sinhalese
1320.71.0770.50.8+55
Lebanese
1230.71.01180.71.0+5
Serbian
1220.71.31500.91.4-28
Spanish
1200.60.91230.70.8-3
Somali
1150.60.2330.20.1+82
Other Indian subcontinent
1150.60.7220.10.3+93
Eritrean
1040.60.3580.30.2+46
Maori
940.50.5760.50.5+18
Chilean
920.50.5900.50.5+2
Afghan
910.50.2110.10.1+80
Other Central Asian
800.40.250.00.0+75
Tamil
730.40.300.00.1+73
Iranian
680.40.390.10.1+59
Dutch
630.30.4580.30.5+5
Other Southern and East African
600.30.2750.40.3-15
Thai
560.30.3390.20.2+17
Portuguese
550.30.3580.30.3-3
Bengali
550.30.3480.30.2+7
Egyptian
540.30.6490.30.6+5
New Zealander
530.30.4330.20.3+20
Central and West African
420.20.3820.50.2-40
Ukrainian
400.20.4870.50.5-47
Nepalese
380.20.3290.20.2+9
Punjabi
380.20.9350.20.3+3
Indonesian
380.20.2220.10.1+16
Iraqi
360.20.230.00.1+33
Fijian
360.20.3420.30.2-6
Kurdish
350.20.160.00.1+29
French
340.20.2400.20.2-6
Romanian
330.20.2420.30.2-9
Timorese
310.20.4160.10.4+15
Other Southern/South East European
300.20.100.00.0+30
Other Polynesian
300.20.1240.10.0+6
Bosnian
300.20.7300.20.70
Australian Aboriginal
270.10.1160.10.1+11
Hungarian
240.10.3470.30.3-23
Malay
240.10.1160.10.1+8
Russian
230.10.2270.20.2-4
Salvadoran
230.10.2360.20.2-13
Cook Islander
230.10.2220.10.1+1
Papua New Guinean
220.10.0260.20.0-4
Mauritian
210.10.1340.20.1-13
Lao
210.10.3160.10.2+5
Anglo-Indian
200.10.1360.20.2-16
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Excludes ancestries with fewer than 20 responses, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Ancestry - Totals
Sunshine West - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%City of Brimbank %Number%City of Brimbank %2011 to 2016
Not stated1,2506.76.81,5279.19.2-277

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, City of Brimbank: 16.0% Australian, City of Brimbank: 12.4% English, City of Brimbank: 11.7% Chinese, City of Brimbank: 6.5% Greek, City of Brimbank: 3.6% Maltese, City of Brimbank: 5.7% Italian, City of Brimbank: 6.5% Indian, City of Brimbank: 4.9% Macedonian, City of Brimbank: 2.9% Filipino, City of Brimbank: 3.9% Vietnamese, Sunshine West: 20.7% Australian, Sunshine West: 10.9% English, Sunshine West: 9.7% Chinese, Sunshine West: 6.4% Greek, Sunshine West: 6.2% Maltese, Sunshine West: 5.9% Italian, Sunshine West: 4.2% Indian, Sunshine West: 3.3% Macedonian, Sunshine West: 3.1% Filipino, Sunshine West: 2.9%
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, Sunshine West: +857 Australian, Sunshine West: +239 English, Sunshine West: +94 Chinese, Sunshine West: +246 Greek, Sunshine West: -54 Maltese, Sunshine West: -125 Italian, Sunshine West: -7 Indian, Sunshine West: +159 Macedonian, Sunshine West: -14 Filipino, Sunshine West: +104
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 Sunshine West in 2016 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • Vietnamese (3,835 people or 20.7%)
  • Australian (2,024 people or 10.9%)
  • English (1,803 people or 9.7%)
  • Chinese (1,192 people or 6.4%)
  • Greek (1,143 people or 6.2%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 9,997 responses in total, or 53.89% of all responses.

The major differences between the ancestries of the population in Sunshine West and City of Brimbank were:

  • A larger percentage of people with Vietnamese ancestry (20.7% compared to 16.0%)
  • A larger percentage of people with Greek ancestry (6.2% compared to 3.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Italian ancestry (4.2% compared to 6.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with English ancestry (9.7% compared to 11.7%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Vietnamese (+857 persons)
  • Chinese (+246 persons)
  • Australian (+239 persons)
  • Burmese peoples (+196 persons)

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