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The three largest ancestries in Sunshine District 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 District 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 District'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 District - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
AncestryNumber%City of Brimbank %Number%City of Brimbank %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idVietnamese10,26821.516.07,56717.512.8+2,701
Australian
5,64311.812.45,42412.512.9+219
English
5,42811.411.75,17711.911.8+251
Chinese
3,5657.56.53,0597.15.9+506
Maltese
2,3695.05.72,6366.16.7-267
map this data in atlas.idItalian1,9454.16.51,9464.57.0-1
Indian
1,8994.04.91,7604.14.3+139
Greek
1,7263.63.61,7304.03.9-4
Irish
1,7243.63.31,5633.63.1+161
Scottish
1,3002.72.51,1862.72.5+114
Burmese peoples
1,2572.61.14861.10.3+771
Filipino
1,2082.53.91,0052.33.6+203
Macedonian
7671.62.97931.83.3-26
German
6981.51.77071.61.8-9
Polish
6811.41.48612.01.6-180
Croatian
6481.42.56451.52.9+3
Turkish
5731.21.35951.41.5-22
Inadequately Described
5081.11.12690.60.5+239
Pakistani
4581.00.91620.40.4+296
Sinhalese
3890.81.02200.50.8+169
Sudanese
3660.80.84401.00.8-74
Samoan
3430.71.12050.50.6+138
Ethiopian
3420.70.72130.50.4+129
Tamil
3320.70.3450.10.1+287
Nepalese
3270.70.31890.40.2+138
Spanish
2910.60.92930.70.8-2
Bengali
2840.60.32320.50.2+52
Other Indian subcontinent
2810.60.71430.30.3+138
Serbian
2790.61.33120.71.4-33
Tongan
2690.60.41470.30.2+122
Cypriot
2690.60.62790.60.6-10
Lebanese
2500.51.02540.61.0-4
Punjabi
2460.50.91830.40.3+63
Somali
2190.50.2780.20.1+141
Eritrean
2130.40.31160.30.2+97
Iranian
2100.40.3340.10.1+176
Afghan
2050.40.2400.10.1+165
Chilean
2020.40.51920.40.5+10
Albanian
2010.40.62140.50.6-13
Maori
1900.40.51660.40.5+24
Ukrainian
1870.40.43000.70.5-113
Other Southern and East African
1770.40.21630.40.3+14
New Zealander
1700.40.41260.30.3+44
Dutch
1650.30.41550.40.5+10
Other Central Asian
1620.30.2150.00.0+147
Central and West African
1480.30.31980.50.2-50
Thai
1450.30.3970.20.2+48
Portuguese
1130.20.31100.30.3+3
Australian Aboriginal
1050.20.1420.10.1+63
Salvadoran
1040.20.21200.30.2-16
Fijian
1000.20.31070.20.2-7
Kurdish
980.20.1570.10.1+41
French
920.20.2860.20.2+6
Hungarian
870.20.31290.30.3-42
Romanian
850.20.2980.20.2-13
Egyptian
810.20.6980.20.6-17
Iraqi
680.10.2380.10.1+30
Bosnian
660.10.7550.10.7+11
Russian
620.10.21010.20.2-39
Korean
620.10.1430.10.1+19
Timorese
610.10.4680.20.4-7
Malay
500.10.1560.10.1-6
Japanese
490.10.1370.10.1+12
Indonesian
490.10.2390.10.1+10
Lao
480.10.3280.10.2+20
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Excludes ancestries with fewer than 20 responses, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Ancestry - Totals
Sunshine District - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%City of Brimbank %Number%City of Brimbank %2011 to 2016
Not stated3,5627.46.84,43110.29.2-869

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% Maltese, City of Brimbank: 5.7% Italian, City of Brimbank: 6.5% Indian, City of Brimbank: 4.9% Greek, City of Brimbank: 3.6% Irish, City of Brimbank: 3.3% Scottish, City of Brimbank: 2.5% Vietnamese, Sunshine District: 21.5% Australian, Sunshine District: 11.8% English, Sunshine District: 11.4% Chinese, Sunshine District: 7.5% Maltese, Sunshine District: 5.0% Italian, Sunshine District: 4.1% Indian, Sunshine District: 4.0% Greek, Sunshine District: 3.6% Irish, Sunshine District: 3.6% Scottish, Sunshine District: 2.7%
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 District: +2,701 Australian, Sunshine District: +219 English, Sunshine District: +251 Chinese, Sunshine District: +506 Maltese, Sunshine District: -267 Italian, Sunshine District: -1 Indian, Sunshine District: +139 Greek, Sunshine District: -4 Irish, Sunshine District: +161 Scottish, Sunshine District: +114
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 District in 2016 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • Vietnamese (10,268 people or 21.5%)
  • Australian (5,643 people or 11.8%)
  • English (5,428 people or 11.4%)
  • Chinese (3,565 people or 7.5%)
  • Maltese (2,369 people or 5.0%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 27,273 responses in total, or 57.04% of all responses.

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

  • A larger percentage of people with Vietnamese ancestry (21.5% compared to 16.0%)
  • A larger percentage of people with Burmese peoples ancestry (2.6% compared to 1.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Italian ancestry (4.1% compared to 6.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Filipino ancestry (2.5% compared to 3.9%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Vietnamese (+2,701 persons)
  • Burmese peoples (+771 persons)
  • Chinese (+506 persons)
  • Pakistani (+296 persons)

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