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The three largest ancestries in Colac Otway Shire in 2016 were Australian, English and Irish.

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 Colac Otway Shire 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 Colac Otway Shire'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
Colac Otway Shire - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
AncestryNumber%Regional VIC %Number%Regional VIC %2011 to 2016
Australian
8,72341.640.08,79543.240.9-72
English
8,38440.040.18,07939.739.9+305
map this data in atlas.idIrish3,20015.313.03,09815.212.6+102
map this data in atlas.idScottish2,67612.811.32,43512.010.9+241
German
7493.64.66693.34.6+80
Italian
5282.53.75132.53.6+15
Dutch
3471.72.23761.82.3-29
Chinese
1580.81.01280.60.7+30
Welsh
1120.50.51120.60.50
Greek
940.40.6570.30.5+37
New Zealander
900.40.5910.40.5-1
Inadequately Described
880.40.4620.30.3+26
Maori
880.40.2480.20.2+40
Filipino
760.40.5430.20.4+33
French
730.30.4850.40.4-12
Polish
680.30.6760.40.6-8
Indian
620.30.7260.10.5+36
Sudanese
610.30.1360.20.1+25
Maltese
560.30.6660.30.5-10
Croatian
430.20.5350.20.5+8
Hungarian
420.20.2420.20.20
Swiss
370.20.1320.20.1+5
Spanish
370.20.3220.10.2+15
Afghan
320.20.180.00.1+24
Swedish
280.10.1290.10.1-1
Ukrainian
270.10.2140.10.2+13
Norwegian
270.10.1230.10.1+4
Danish
270.10.2260.10.2+1
Lebanese
270.10.1140.10.1+13
Austrian
260.10.2180.10.2+8
Serbian
260.10.3210.10.3+5
Vietnamese
250.10.1170.10.1+8
American
250.10.2270.10.2-2
Australian Aboriginal
240.10.260.00.2+18
South African
240.10.2150.10.2+9
Russian
230.10.2340.20.2-11
Fijian
230.10.160.00.0+17
Other Central Asian
220.10.130.00.0+19
Sinhalese
200.10.290.00.1+11
Finnish
170.10.140.00.1+13
Japanese
170.10.1130.10.1+4
Iranian
160.10.130.00.0+13
Latvian
160.10.1170.10.1-1
Taiwanese
160.10.000.00.0+16
Thai
160.10.1120.10.1+4
Lithuanian
150.10.190.00.1+6
Canadian
150.10.1150.10.10
Cypriot
150.10.030.00.0+12
Malay
140.10.130.00.0+11
Nepalese
120.10.070.00.0+5
Korean
110.10.1140.10.0-3
Indonesian
110.10.150.00.1+6
Egyptian
110.10.030.00.0+8
Eritrean
110.10.000.00.0+11
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Excludes ancestries with fewer than 20 responses, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Ancestry - Totals
Colac Otway Shire - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%Regional VIC %Number%Regional VIC %2011 to 2016
Not stated1,6708.07.91,2756.36.6+395

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 Australian, Regional VIC: 40.0% English, Regional VIC: 40.1% Irish, Regional VIC: 13.0% Scottish, Regional VIC: 11.3% German, Regional VIC: 4.6% Italian, Regional VIC: 3.7% Dutch, Regional VIC: 2.2% Chinese, Regional VIC: 1.0% Welsh, Regional VIC: 0.5% Greek, Regional VIC: 0.6% Australian, Colac Otway Shire: 41.6% English, Colac Otway Shire: 40.0% Irish, Colac Otway Shire: 15.3% Scottish, Colac Otway Shire: 12.8% German, Colac Otway Shire: 3.6% Italian, Colac Otway Shire: 2.5% Dutch, Colac Otway Shire: 1.7% Chinese, Colac Otway Shire: 0.8% Welsh, Colac Otway Shire: 0.5% Greek, Colac Otway Shire: 0.4%
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 Australian, Colac Otway Shire: -72 English, Colac Otway Shire: +305 Irish, Colac Otway Shire: +102 Scottish, Colac Otway Shire: +241 German, Colac Otway Shire: +80 Italian, Colac Otway Shire: +15 Dutch, Colac Otway Shire: -29 Chinese, Colac Otway Shire: +30 Welsh, Colac Otway Shire: 0 Greek, Colac Otway Shire: +37
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 Colac Otway Shire in 2016 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • Australian (8,723 people or 41.6%)
  • English (8,384 people or 40.0%)
  • Irish (3,200 people or 15.3%)
  • Scottish (2,676 people or 12.8%)
  • German (749 people or 3.6%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 23,732 responses in total, or 113.19% of all responses.

The major differences between the ancestries of the population in Colac Otway Shire and Regional VIC were:

  • A larger percentage of people with Irish ancestry (15.3% compared to 13.0%)
  • A larger percentage of people with Australian ancestry (41.6% compared to 40.0%)
  • A larger percentage of people with Scottish ancestry (12.8% compared to 11.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Italian ancestry (2.5% compared to 3.7%)

Emerging groups

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

  • English (+305 persons)
  • Scottish (+241 persons)
  • Irish (+102 persons)
  • German (+80 persons)

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