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In 2006, 14% of people in Brisbane LGA, came from countries where English was not their first language.

Country of Birth data identifies where people were born and is indicative of the level of cultural diversity in Brisbane LGA. The mix of Country of Birth groups is also indicative of historical settlement patterns, as source countries for Australia's immigration program have varied significantly over time.

To get a more complete picture of cultural and ethnic characteristics, Brisbane LGA's Country of Birth data should be viewed together with Ancestry, Language Spoken at Home and Religion.

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 birthplace 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:

'In which country was the person born?'

Total population

Birthplace - Ranked by size
Brisbane LGA - Overseas born (Usual residence)20062001Change
BirthplaceNumber%Greater Brisbane %Number%Greater Brisbane %2001 to 2006
United Kingdom45,4324.85.443,4505.05.7+1,982
New Zealand34,5753.64.131,0623.64.0+3,513
South Africa7,9330.80.75,4120.60.5+2,521
Hong Kong5,3410.60.34,5190.50.3+822
South Korea4,1980.40.32,2060.30.1+1,992
United States of America4,1090.40.33,2800.40.3+829
Papua New Guinea4,0820.40.44,1550.50.4-73
Sri Lanka2,8610.30.22,3620.30.2+499
Serbia / Montenegro (fmr Yugoslavia)2,0330.20.22,2720.30.2-239
Bosnia and Herzegovina1,6760.20.11,6770.20.1-1
El Salvador1,3030.10.11,4190.20.1-116
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Excludes countries with fewer than 20 people, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Birthplace - Summary
Brisbane LGA - Total persons (Usual residence)20062001Change
BirthplaceNumber%Greater Brisbane %Number%Greater Brisbane %2001 to 2006
Total overseas born228,77423.921.4197,26222.720.6+31,512
Non-English speaking backgrounds131,53413.810.4109,54612.69.6+21,988
Main English speaking countries97,24010.211.087,71610.110.9+9,524
Not stated63,1396.66.238,8954.54.4+24,244

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2001 and 2006. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Birthplace, 2006
Birthplace, 2006 United Kingdom, Greater Brisbane: 5.4% New Zealand, Greater Brisbane: 4.1% China, Greater Brisbane: 0.6% Vietnam, Greater Brisbane: 0.6% South Africa, Greater Brisbane: 0.7% Taiwan, Greater Brisbane: 0.4% Philippines, Greater Brisbane: 0.6% India, Greater Brisbane: 0.4% Hong Kong, Greater Brisbane: 0.3% Malaysia, Greater Brisbane: 0.4% United Kingdom, Brisbane LGA: 4.8% New Zealand, Brisbane LGA: 3.6% China, Brisbane LGA: 1.1% Vietnam, Brisbane LGA: 1.0% South Africa, Brisbane LGA: 0.8% Taiwan, Brisbane LGA: 0.8% Philippines, Brisbane LGA: 0.6% India, Brisbane LGA: 0.6% Hong Kong, Brisbane LGA: 0.6% Malaysia, Brisbane LGA: 0.6%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in by .id, the population experts.
Change in birthplace, 2001 to 2006
Change in birthplace, 2001 to 2006 United Kingdom, Brisbane LGA: +1,982 New Zealand, Brisbane LGA: +3,513 China, Brisbane LGA: +4,248 Vietnam, Brisbane LGA: +794 South Africa, Brisbane LGA: +2,521 Taiwan, Brisbane LGA: +913 Philippines, Brisbane LGA: +1,187 India, Brisbane LGA: +2,355 Hong Kong, Brisbane LGA: +822 Malaysia, Brisbane LGA: +995
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2001 and 2006 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the country of birth of the population in Brisbane LGA in 2006 compared to Greater Brisbane shows that there was a larger proportion of people born overseas, as well as a larger proportion of people from a non-English speaking background.

Overall, 23.9% of the population was born overseas, and 13.8% were from a non-English speaking background, compared with 21.4% and 10.4% respectively for Greater Brisbane.

The largest non-English speaking country of birth in Brisbane LGA was China, where 1.1% of the population, or 10,049 people, were born.

There were no major differences between Brisbane LGA and Greater Brisbane in 2006.

Emerging groups

Between 2001 and 2006, the number of people born overseas increased by 31,512 or 16.0%, and the number of people from a non-English speaking background increased by 21,988 or 20.1%.

The largest changes in birthplace countries of the population in this area between 2001 and 2006 were for those born in:

  • China (+4,248 persons)
  • New Zealand (+3,513 persons)
  • South Africa (+2,521 persons)
  • India (+2,355 persons)

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