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In the City of Brimbank, 58% of people spoke a language other than English at home in 2016.

The City of Brimbank's language statistics show the proportion of the population who speak a language at home other than English. They indicate how culturally diverse a population is and the degree to which different ethnic groups and nationalities are retaining their language.

The City of Brimbank's language statistics should be analysed in conjunction with Country of Birth and Proficiency in English to assist in identifying specific cultural and ethnic groups in the area and the services required by the multicultural community.

Please note: Due to changes in ABS rules around perturbation and additivity of data to protect the confidentiality of individuals in 2016, counts of individual language 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:

'Does the person speak a language other than English at home?'

Total population

Language spoken at home - Ranked by size
City of Brimbank - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Language (excludes English)Number%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idVietnamese31,45316.22.325,99514.22.1+5,458
Punjabi
5,6342.91.24,1262.30.7+1,508
Filipino/Tagalog
5,3162.70.84,9752.70.7+341
Greek
5,2882.72.45,7683.22.8-480
map this data in atlas.idMaltese5,0562.60.45,9743.30.4-918
map this data in atlas.idItalian4,9062.52.35,7783.22.8-872
Macedonian
4,6332.40.65,2542.90.7-621
Arabic
4,2862.21.74,2182.31.6+68
Cantonese
4,1702.11.74,3242.41.8-154
Croatian
3,4411.80.43,9622.20.5-521
Mandarin
2,8871.54.12,0741.12.5+813
Spanish
2,8291.50.82,9591.60.7-130
Hindi
2,4021.21.11,8171.00.8+585
Turkish
2,3321.20.72,7401.50.8-408
Serbian
1,6020.80.41,8641.00.4-262
Samoan
1,5620.80.28880.50.2+674
Urdu
1,4460.70.58230.50.3+623
Polish
1,3490.70.31,5920.90.4-243
Tamil
1,3140.70.66380.30.4+676
Bosnian
1,0650.50.11,1890.70.1-124
Persian/Dari
1,0030.50.82580.10.4+745
Sinhalese
9970.50.89750.50.7+22
Hakka
9950.50.11,0690.60.1-74
Albanian
8980.50.19440.50.2-46
Dinka
7900.40.11,0090.60.1-219
Amharic
7660.40.14790.30.1+287
Pashto
6430.30.1930.10.1+550
Nepali
6400.30.22980.20.1+342
Chin Haka
6340.30.1770.00.0+557
Bengali
6020.30.24790.30.2+123
Tongan
5280.30.13390.20.0+189
Burmese
5060.30.12130.10.1+293
Telugu
5000.30.33540.20.2+146
Tigrinya
4820.20.02100.10.0+272
German
4680.20.45800.30.4-112
Malayalam
4670.20.33720.20.2+95
Non-verbal so described
4550.20.23270.20.1+128
Assyrian/Aramaic
4140.20.32610.10.2+153
Thai
4050.20.22610.10.2+144
Lao
3990.20.03970.20.0+2
Somali
3980.20.22140.10.1+184
Ukrainian
3340.20.13850.20.1-51
Indonesian
3270.20.42750.20.3+52
Portuguese
2950.20.23250.20.1-30
French
2770.10.42700.10.4+7
Romanian
2670.10.13040.20.1-37
Min Nan (incl.Hokkien)
2440.10.11860.10.1+58
Hungarian
2080.10.12630.10.2-55
Gujarati
1970.10.31800.10.2+17
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Excludes languages with fewer than 20 people speaking them at home, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Language spoken at home - Summary
City of Brimbank - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Language summaryNumber%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %2011 to 2016
Speaks English only
69,30035.762.069,22137.966.4+79
map this data in atlas.idNon-English total113,45658.432.3102,69256.229.0+10,764
Not stated
11,5595.95.610,8195.94.6+740

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

Language spoken at home, 2016
Language spoken at home, 2016 Vietnamese, Greater Melbourne: 2.3% Punjabi, Greater Melbourne: 1.2% Filipino/Tagalog, Greater Melbourne: 0.8% Greek, Greater Melbourne: 2.4% Maltese, Greater Melbourne: 0.4% Italian, Greater Melbourne: 2.3% Macedonian, Greater Melbourne: 0.6% Arabic, Greater Melbourne: 1.7% Cantonese, Greater Melbourne: 1.7% Croatian, Greater Melbourne: 0.4% Vietnamese, City of Brimbank: 16.2% Punjabi, City of Brimbank: 2.9% Filipino/Tagalog, City of Brimbank: 2.7% Greek, City of Brimbank: 2.7% Maltese, City of Brimbank: 2.6% Italian, City of Brimbank: 2.5% Macedonian, City of Brimbank: 2.4% Arabic, City of Brimbank: 2.2% Cantonese, City of Brimbank: 2.1% Croatian, City of Brimbank: 1.8%
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 language spoken at home, 2011 to 2016
Change in language spoken at home, 2011 to 2016 Vietnamese, City of Brimbank: +5,458 Punjabi, City of Brimbank: +1,508 Filipino/Tagalog, City of Brimbank: +341 Greek, City of Brimbank: -480 Maltese, City of Brimbank: -918 Italian, City of Brimbank: -872 Macedonian, City of Brimbank: -621 Arabic, City of Brimbank: +68 Cantonese, City of Brimbank: -154 Croatian, City of Brimbank: -521
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 language spoken at home by the population of the City of Brimbank in 2016 compared to Greater Melbourne shows that there was a smaller proportion of people who spoke English only, and a larger proportion of those speaking a non-English language (either exclusively, or in addition to English).

Overall, 35.7% of the population spoke English only, and 58.4% spoke a non-English language, compared with 62.0% and 32.3% respectively for Greater Melbourne.

The dominant language spoken at home, other than English, in the City of Brimbank was Vietnamese, with 16.2% of the population, or 31,453 people speaking this language at home.

The major differences between the languages spoken at home for the population of the City of Brimbank and Greater Melbourne in 2016 were:

  • A larger percentage speaking Vietnamese at home (16.2% compared to 2.3%)
  • A larger percentage speaking Maltese at home (2.6% compared to 0.4%)
  • A larger percentage speaking Filipino/Tagalog at home (2.7% compared to 0.8%)
  • A smaller percentage speaking Mandarin at home (1.5% compared to 4.1%)

Emerging groups

Between 2011 and 2016, the number of people who spoke a language other than English at home increased by 10,764 or 10.5%, and the number of people who spoke English only increased by 79 or 0.1%.

The largest changes in the spoken languages of the population in the City of Brimbank between 2011 and 2016 were for those speaking:

  • Vietnamese (+5,458 persons)
  • Punjabi (+1,508 persons)
  • Maltese (-918 persons)
  • Italian (-872 persons)

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