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The three largest ancestries in City of Brimbank 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 City of Brimbank 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 City of Brimbank'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
City of Brimbank - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
AncestryNumber%NWMPHN area %Number%NWMPHN area %2011 to 2016
Vietnamese31,09916.04.323,31212.83.5+7,787
Australian24,04312.420.223,48912.922.1+554
English22,77911.721.321,65311.821.5+1,126
Italian12,6686.59.112,8597.09.3-191
Chinese12,5646.54.910,7155.95.3+1,849
Maltese11,0775.73.112,2836.73.2-1,206
Indian9,5294.95.37,9074.33.5+1,622
Filipino7,6213.92.26,6333.61.8+988
Greek7,0833.63.97,1353.94.0-52
Irish6,3473.38.15,6983.18.0+649
Macedonian5,6992.91.45,9793.31.4-280
Scottish4,9442.55.94,5542.55.9+390
Croatian4,8742.51.35,2602.91.3-386
German3,3221.72.53,1991.82.6+123
Polish2,6471.41.03,0051.61.1-358
Serbian2,5481.30.82,6451.40.8-97
Turkish2,5071.31.72,7571.51.7-250
Inadequately Described2,1381.10.89940.50.5+1,144
Burmese peoples2,0721.10.55510.30.2+1,521
Samoan2,0461.10.61,1310.60.4+915
Lebanese2,0071.02.01,8411.01.8+166
Sinhalese1,9031.01.01,5190.80.8+384
Spanish1,7060.90.71,5410.80.6+165
Pakistani1,6900.90.87390.40.4+951
Punjabi1,6520.90.56150.30.1+1,037
Sudanese1,6370.80.51,5160.80.3+121
Other Indian subcontinent1,4330.70.65570.30.2+876
Bosnian1,2900.70.21,2640.70.2+26
Ethiopian1,2650.70.46920.40.3+573
Cypriot1,2490.60.31,1140.60.3+135
Egyptian1,1780.60.41,0910.60.4+87
Albanian1,1550.60.31,0630.60.3+92
Maori1,0090.50.68560.50.5+153
Chilean9200.50.39160.50.3+4
Tongan8670.40.24500.20.1+417
Dutch8350.40.99110.51.0-76
Ukrainian8320.40.39380.50.3-106
Timorese7910.40.26720.40.1+119
New Zealander7140.40.75610.30.7+153
Nepalese6670.30.53160.20.2+351
Central and West African6570.30.24020.20.1+255
Portuguese6410.30.35420.30.2+99
Tamil6060.30.12250.10.1+381
Hungarian5870.30.36110.30.3-24
Bengali5620.30.44510.20.2+111
Thai5590.30.33460.20.2+213
Eritrean5550.30.22820.20.1+273
Lao5270.30.14350.20.1+92
Fijian5210.30.23750.20.2+146
Iranian5060.30.31340.10.1+372
Slovene4840.20.25070.30.2-23
French4730.20.54140.20.4+59
Salvadoran4690.20.14260.20.1+43
Afghan4680.20.11790.10.1+289
Somali4660.20.32070.10.3+259
Syrian4210.20.22930.20.2+128
Russian4150.20.34280.20.3-13
Other Southern and East African4080.20.24610.30.2-53
Romanian4030.20.14000.20.1+3
Assyrian/Chaldean3900.20.81900.10.5+200
Other Central Asian3730.20.1410.00.0+332
Cook Islander3240.20.12050.10.1+119
Arab not further described3230.20.43640.20.3-41
Indonesian3180.20.32420.10.3+76
Iraqi2980.20.51240.10.4+174
Anglo-Indian2900.10.13740.20.1-84
Australian Aboriginal2820.10.11160.10.1+166
Mauritian2780.10.22500.10.2+28
Malay2730.10.22430.10.3+30
Argentinian2700.10.12860.20.1-16
Welsh2610.10.42710.10.4-10
Austrian2550.10.22900.20.2-35
Other Oceanian (inc. Melanesia & Micronesia)2500.10.11400.10.1+110
Other Southern/South East European2300.10.100.00.0+230
American2190.10.21770.10.2+42
Slovak2150.10.12740.10.1-59
Other Polynesian2130.10.1860.00.0+127
Other North American2020.10.11420.10.1+60
Kurdish1970.10.1960.10.1+101
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Excludes ancestries with fewer than 20 responses, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Ancestry - Totals
City of Brimbank - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%NWMPHN area %Number%NWMPHN area %2011 to 2016
Not stated13,2526.86.816,7889.27.8-3,536

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, NWMPHN area: 4.3% Australian, NWMPHN area: 20.2% English, NWMPHN area: 21.3% Italian, NWMPHN area: 9.1% Chinese, NWMPHN area: 4.9% Maltese, NWMPHN area: 3.1% Indian, NWMPHN area: 5.3% Filipino, NWMPHN area: 2.2% Greek, NWMPHN area: 3.9% Irish, NWMPHN area: 8.1% Vietnamese, City of Brimbank: 16.0% Australian, City of Brimbank: 12.4% English, City of Brimbank: 11.7% Italian, City of Brimbank: 6.5% Chinese, City of Brimbank: 6.5% Maltese, City of Brimbank: 5.7% Indian, City of Brimbank: 4.9% Filipino, City of Brimbank: 3.9% Greek, City of Brimbank: 3.6% Irish, City of Brimbank: 3.3%
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, City of Brimbank: +7,787 Australian, City of Brimbank: +554 English, City of Brimbank: +1,126 Italian, City of Brimbank: -191 Chinese, City of Brimbank: +1,849 Maltese, City of Brimbank: -1,206 Indian, City of Brimbank: +1,622 Filipino, City of Brimbank: +988 Greek, City of Brimbank: -52 Irish, City of Brimbank: +649
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 City of Brimbank in 2016 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • Vietnamese (31,099 people or 16.0%)
  • Australian (24,043 people or 12.4%)
  • English (22,779 people or 11.7%)
  • Italian (12,668 people or 6.5%)
  • Chinese (12,564 people or 6.5%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 103,153 responses in total, or 53.08% of all responses.

The major differences between the ancestries of the population in City of Brimbank and NWMPHN area were:

  • A larger percentage of people with Vietnamese ancestry (16.0% compared to 4.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with English ancestry (11.7% compared to 21.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Australian ancestry (12.4% compared to 20.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Irish ancestry (3.3% compared to 8.1%)

Emerging groups

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

  • Vietnamese (+7,787 persons)
  • Chinese (+1,849 persons)
  • Indian (+1,622 persons)
  • Burmese peoples (+1,521 persons)

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