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Brisbane LGA

Language spoken at home

In Brisbane LGA, 14% of people spoke a language other than English at home in 2006.

Brisbane LGA'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.

Brisbane LGA'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.

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
Brisbane LGA - Total persons (Usual residence)20062001Change
Language (excludes English)Number%Greater Brisbane %Number%Greater Brisbane %2001 to 2006
Mandarin17,9051.91.112,2261.40.8+5,679
Cantonese13,6441.40.812,0661.40.8+1,578
Vietnamese13,0961.40.911,1871.30.8+1,909
Italian8,3180.90.69,1941.10.7-876
Greek6,9620.70.47,0430.80.5-81
Spanish5,2190.50.44,5130.50.4+706
Hindi4,3350.50.43,3350.40.3+1,000
Filipino/Tagalog4,2400.40.43,3890.40.3+851
Arabic4,2130.40.32,3420.30.2+1,871
Korean4,0580.40.32,0920.20.1+1,966
German3,3700.40.33,0330.30.4+337
Japanese3,1240.30.22,1290.20.2+995
Samoan2,5550.30.52,2000.30.4+355
French2,5180.30.21,9920.20.2+526
Polish2,1830.20.22,3700.30.2-187
Serbian1,9730.20.21,8430.20.2+130
Dutch1,7210.20.21,7750.20.3-54
Persian/Dari1,7180.20.11,0640.10.1+654
Indonesian1,6890.20.11,3390.20.1+350
Russian1,6520.20.11,5750.20.1+77
Croatian1,5310.20.11,5570.20.2-26
Sinhalese1,5280.20.11,0540.10.1+474
Non-verbal so described1,3990.10.16600.10.1+739
Afrikaans1,3140.10.15740.10.1+740
Thai1,2530.10.18660.10.1+387
Bosnian1,2040.10.11,1990.10.1+5
Punjabi1,1870.10.18170.10.1+370
Tamil1,1300.10.18020.10.1+328
Portuguese1,0730.10.17120.10.1+361
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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
Brisbane LGA - Total persons (Usual residence)20062001Change
Language summaryNumber%Greater Brisbane %Number%Greater Brisbane %2001 to 2006
Speaks English only763,04979.884.2724,28283.286.9+38,767
Non-English total137,00714.310.4112,11512.99.4+24,892
Not stated56,0865.95.434,3193.93.7+21,767

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

Language spoken at home, 2006
Language spoken at home, 2006 Mandarin, Greater Brisbane: 1.1% Cantonese, Greater Brisbane: 0.8% Vietnamese, Greater Brisbane: 0.9% Italian, Greater Brisbane: 0.6% Greek, Greater Brisbane: 0.4% Spanish, Greater Brisbane: 0.4% Hindi, Greater Brisbane: 0.4% Filipino/Tagalog, Greater Brisbane: 0.4% Arabic, Greater Brisbane: 0.3% Korean, Greater Brisbane: 0.3% Mandarin, Brisbane LGA: 1.9% Cantonese, Brisbane LGA: 1.4% Vietnamese, Brisbane LGA: 1.4% Italian, Brisbane LGA: 0.9% Greek, Brisbane LGA: 0.7% Spanish, Brisbane LGA: 0.5% Hindi, Brisbane LGA: 0.5% Filipino/Tagalog, Brisbane LGA: 0.4% Arabic, Brisbane LGA: 0.4% Korean, Brisbane LGA: 0.4%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in language spoken at home, 2001 to 2006
Change in language spoken at home, 2001 to 2006 Mandarin, Brisbane LGA: +5,679 Cantonese, Brisbane LGA: +1,578 Vietnamese, Brisbane LGA: +1,909 Italian, Brisbane LGA: -876 Greek, Brisbane LGA: -81 Spanish, Brisbane LGA: +706 Hindi, Brisbane LGA: +1,000 Filipino/Tagalog, Brisbane LGA: +851 Arabic, Brisbane LGA: +1,871 Korean, Brisbane LGA: +1,966
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2001 and 2006 (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 Brisbane LGA in 2006 compared to Greater Brisbane 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, 79.8% of the population spoke English only, and 14.3% spoke a non-English language, compared with 84.2% and 10.4% respectively for Greater Brisbane.

The dominant language spoken at home, other than English, in Brisbane LGA was Mandarin, with 1.9% of the population, or 17,905 people speaking this language at home.

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

Emerging groups

Between 2001 and 2006, the number of people who spoke a language other than English at home increased by 24,892 or 22.2%, and the number of people who spoke English only increased by 38,767 or 5.4%.

The largest changes in the spoken languages of the population in Brisbane LGA between 2001 and 2006 were for those speaking:

  • Mandarin (+5,679 persons)
  • Korean (+1,966 persons)
  • Vietnamese (+1,909 persons)
  • Arabic (+1,871 persons)

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