North Western Melbourne Primary Health NetworkCommunity profile
census-message-logo

2016 Census data has been released and we are busy processing it to update this website. View our latest releases here.

Skip to content
census-message-logo

This topic has been updated with 2016 Census data for all areas. What's this?

The three largest ancestries in City of Darebin in 2016 were English, Australian and Italian.

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 Darebin 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 Darebin'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 Darebin - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
AncestryNumber%NWMPHN area %Number%NWMPHN area %2011 to 2016
English33,33822.721.328,35120.821.5+4,987
Australian30,19520.620.229,09121.322.1+1,104
Italian19,98813.69.120,04214.79.3-54
Irish15,62910.78.112,7099.38.0+2,920
Greek12,3718.43.912,3159.04.0+56
Scottish10,4167.15.98,3736.15.9+2,043
Chinese9,3436.44.97,7115.75.3+1,632
Indian5,3113.65.34,6703.43.5+641
German3,9202.72.53,2482.42.6+672
Vietnamese3,5552.44.32,7502.03.5+805
Macedonian3,0732.11.43,3012.41.4-228
Lebanese2,9262.02.02,9732.21.8-47
Dutch1,5391.00.91,3831.01.0+156
Maltese1,3981.03.11,4451.13.2-47
Filipino1,2660.92.29440.71.8+322
Croatian1,0930.71.31,0300.81.3+63
New Zealander1,0790.70.78680.60.7+211
Sinhalese1,0410.71.09570.70.8+84
Polish1,0020.71.08680.61.1+134
Nepalese9530.60.53840.30.2+569
Arab not further described8630.60.45010.40.3+362
French8580.60.56220.50.4+236
Inadequately Described8510.60.85800.40.5+271
Spanish8450.60.77250.50.6+120
Serbian7390.50.86920.50.8+47
Welsh7270.50.45690.40.4+158
Other Arab peoples7200.50.24250.30.1+295
Somali6500.40.34450.30.3+205
Iranian5950.40.32730.20.1+322
Turkish5660.41.75290.41.7+37
Pakistani5540.40.83250.20.4+229
Cypriot5100.30.34080.30.3+102
Other Indian subcontinent4980.30.63880.30.2+110
Thai4820.30.33440.30.2+138
Japanese4760.30.23280.20.2+148
Egyptian4350.30.44150.30.4+20
American3970.30.23510.30.2+46
Hungarian3950.30.33420.30.3+53
Bengali3930.30.42860.20.2+107
Albanian3860.30.33620.30.3+24
Russian3640.20.33270.20.3+37
Malay3640.20.23570.30.3+7
Maori3470.20.63760.30.5-29
Portuguese3450.20.33270.20.2+18
Punjabi3280.20.52410.20.1+87
Indonesian3140.20.32700.20.3+44
Australian Aboriginal3050.20.12820.20.1+23
South African2990.20.22160.20.2+83
Colombian2830.20.11450.10.1+138
Mauritian2790.20.22800.20.2-1
Swedish2620.20.11820.10.1+80
Austrian2580.20.22190.20.2+39
Danish2490.20.11930.10.1+56
Iraqi2420.20.51910.10.4+51
Korean2340.20.21660.10.2+68
Ukrainian2340.20.32380.20.3-4
Canadian2310.20.11970.10.1+34
Syrian2230.20.22220.20.2+1
Chilean2160.10.31870.10.3+29
Slovene1970.10.21800.10.2+17
Assyrian/Chaldean1820.10.81730.10.5+9
Central and West African1730.10.21150.10.1+58
Samoan1720.10.61630.10.4+9
Latvian1700.10.11580.10.1+12
Swiss1690.10.11510.10.1+18
Tamil1690.10.11310.10.1+38
Kurdish1690.10.11210.10.1+48
Other Southern and East African1670.10.22200.20.2-53
Norwegian1620.10.11490.10.1+13
Fijian1620.10.21650.10.2-3
Jewish1470.10.1930.10.0+54
Show me more!

Excludes ancestries with fewer than 20 responses, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Ancestry - Totals
City of Darebin - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Ancestry totalsNumber%NWMPHN area %Number%NWMPHN area %2011 to 2016
Not stated10,3137.06.810,0407.47.8+273

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 English, NWMPHN area: 21.3% Australian, NWMPHN area: 20.2% Italian, NWMPHN area: 9.1% Irish, NWMPHN area: 8.1% Greek, NWMPHN area: 3.9% Scottish, NWMPHN area: 5.9% Chinese, NWMPHN area: 4.9% Indian, NWMPHN area: 5.3% German, NWMPHN area: 2.5% Vietnamese, NWMPHN area: 4.3% English, City of Darebin: 22.7% Australian, City of Darebin: 20.6% Italian, City of Darebin: 13.6% Irish, City of Darebin: 10.7% Greek, City of Darebin: 8.4% Scottish, City of Darebin: 7.1% Chinese, City of Darebin: 6.4% Indian, City of Darebin: 3.6% German, City of Darebin: 2.7% Vietnamese, City of Darebin: 2.4%
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 English, City of Darebin: +4,987 Australian, City of Darebin: +1,104 Italian, City of Darebin: -54 Irish, City of Darebin: +2,920 Greek, City of Darebin: +56 Scottish, City of Darebin: +2,043 Chinese, City of Darebin: +1,632 Indian, City of Darebin: +641 German, City of Darebin: +672 Vietnamese, City of Darebin: +805
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 Darebin in 2016 shows that the top five ancestries nominated were:

  • English (33,338 people or 22.7%)
  • Australian (30,195 people or 20.6%)
  • Italian (19,988 people or 13.6%)
  • Irish (15,629 people or 10.7%)
  • Greek (12,371 people or 8.4%)

In combination these five ancestries account for 111,521 responses in total, or 76.01% of all responses.

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

  • A larger percentage of people with Italian ancestry (13.6% compared to 9.1%)
  • A larger percentage of people with Greek ancestry (8.4% compared to 3.9%)
  • A larger percentage of people with Irish ancestry (10.7% compared to 8.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of people with Maltese ancestry (1.0% compared to 3.1%)

Emerging groups

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

  • English (+4,987 persons)
  • Irish (+2,920 persons)
  • Scottish (+2,043 persons)
  • Chinese (+1,632 persons)

To continue building your demographic story go to...

v17.11.15-1.0.1