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RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

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In 2016, 6% of people in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region, 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 the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region. 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, the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region'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
RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Overseas born (Usual residence)20162011Change
BirthplaceNumber%Regional QLD %Number%Regional QLD %2011 to 2016
United Kingdom5,6922.24.45,8752.34.6-183
New Zealand3,7761.43.93,6601.44.1+116
Philippines2,0820.80.81,3330.50.6+749
India1,6100.60.66820.30.4+928
South Africa1,2850.50.71,2240.50.7+61
China6740.30.45150.20.3+159
Germany6410.20.56850.30.5-44
Zimbabwe6360.20.26620.30.2-26
Netherlands6160.20.36600.30.3-44
United States of America5870.20.35000.20.3+87
Papua New Guinea4970.20.34580.20.3+39
Sudan4860.20.04370.20.0+49
Italy3950.10.34500.20.3-55
Sri Lanka3630.10.11870.10.1+176
Iraq3500.10.01120.00.0+238
Ireland3460.10.22950.10.2+51
Malaysia3340.10.23440.10.2-10
Canada3330.10.22990.10.2+34
South Korea3300.10.31680.10.2+162
Nepal3060.10.11150.00.0+191
Brazil2810.10.11350.10.1+146
Taiwan2790.10.11590.10.1+120
Fiji2790.10.12680.10.1+11
Vietnam2430.10.12000.10.1+43
Pakistan2080.10.0600.00.0+148
Afghanistan1880.10.0180.00.0+170
Thailand1860.10.21380.10.1+48
Singapore1840.10.11590.10.1+25
Congo, Democratic Republic of1770.10.01050.00.0+72
Kenya1590.10.01020.00.0+57
Iran1420.10.1590.00.0+83
Bangladesh1260.00.0880.00.0+38
Hong Kong1230.00.11380.10.1-15
Indonesia1190.00.11460.10.1-27
Japan1100.00.31190.00.3-9
France1010.00.1790.00.1+22
Serbia / Montenegro (fmr Yugoslavia)970.00.1890.00.1+8
Poland930.00.1910.00.1+2
Denmark930.00.11160.00.1-23
Kuwait920.00.0110.00.0+81
Switzerland900.00.1850.00.1+5
Spain860.00.0330.00.0+53
Croatia750.00.1820.00.1-7
Saudi Arabia720.00.01790.10.0-107
Finland700.00.0720.00.1-2
Hungary680.00.1640.00.1+4
Austria680.00.1770.00.1-9
Egypt670.00.0560.00.0+11
Libya650.00.01160.00.0-51
Zambia650.00.0490.00.0+16
Uganda650.00.0450.00.0+20
Russian Federation610.00.1370.00.0+24
Romania490.00.0500.00.0-1
Argentina480.00.0620.00.0-14
Chile460.00.0390.00.0+7
Malta440.00.1590.00.1-15
Tonga420.00.0320.00.0+10
Cook Islands410.00.0160.00.0+25
Colombia390.00.0170.00.0+22
Ukraine390.00.0370.00.0+2
Sweden380.00.0550.00.0-17
Tanzania370.00.0300.00.0+7
Nigeria360.00.0220.00.0+14
Samoa330.00.0190.00.0+14
Belgium320.00.0360.00.0-4
Estonia300.00.060.00.0+24
Greece300.00.0390.00.0-9
Burma (Myanmar)290.00.0630.00.0-34
United Arab Emirates290.00.0320.00.0-3
El Salvador270.00.0280.00.0-1
Turkey270.00.0130.00.0+14
Czech Republic250.00.0210.00.0+4
Ethiopia250.00.0260.00.0-1
Lebanon220.00.0310.00.0-9
Cambodia210.00.090.00.0+12
Mauritius200.00.0190.00.0+1
Cyprus190.00.0290.00.0-10
Namibia190.00.0160.00.0+3
Liberia180.00.0210.00.0-3
Norway180.00.060.00.0+12
Peru180.00.030.00.0+15
Sierra Leone180.00.0210.00.0-3
Portugal180.00.0160.00.0+2
Ghana170.00.0130.00.0+4
Bosnia and Herzegovina150.00.0140.00.0+1
Israel140.00.0150.00.0-1
Eastern Europe, nfd140.00.0120.00.0+2
Vanuatu140.00.090.00.0+5
Slovenia130.00.090.00.0+4
Mexico130.00.030.00.0+10
Jordan130.00.060.00.0+7
Eritrea120.00.00--0.0+12
Latvia100.00.0120.00.0-2
Brunei Darussalam100.00.030.00.0+7
Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia100.00.060.00.0+4
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Excludes countries with fewer than 20 people, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Birthplace - Summary
RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
BirthplaceNumber%Regional QLD %Number%Regional QLD %2011 to 2016
Total overseas born26,98510.217.323,1909.216.7+3,795
Non-English speaking backgrounds14,9665.77.611,3374.56.6+3,629
Main English speaking countries12,0194.69.811,8534.710.1+166
Australia215,17181.574.3215,10885.076.8+63
Not stated21,9088.38.414,6535.86.5+7,255

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Birthplace, 2016
Birthplace, 2016 United Kingdom, Regional QLD: 4.4% New Zealand, Regional QLD: 3.9% Philippines, Regional QLD: 0.8% India, Regional QLD: 0.6% South Africa, Regional QLD: 0.7% China, Regional QLD: 0.4% Germany, Regional QLD: 0.5% Zimbabwe, Regional QLD: 0.2% Netherlands, Regional QLD: 0.3% United States of America, Regional QLD: 0.3% United Kingdom, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 2.2% New Zealand, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 1.4% Philippines, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 0.8% India, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 0.6% South Africa, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 0.5% China, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 0.3% Germany, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 0.2% Zimbabwe, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 0.2% Netherlands, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 0.2% United States of America, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 0.2%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016 (Usual residence data)
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Change in birthplace, 2011 to 2016
Change in birthplace, 2011 to 2016 United Kingdom, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: -183 New Zealand, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +116 Philippines, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +749 India, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +928 South Africa, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +61 China, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +159 Germany, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: -44 Zimbabwe, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: -26 Netherlands, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: -44 United States of America, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +87
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 country of birth of the population in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region in 2016 compared to Regional QLD shows that there was a smaller proportion of people born overseas, as well as a smaller proportion of people from a non-English speaking background.

Overall, 10.2% of the population was born overseas, and 5.7% were from a non-English speaking background, compared with 17.3% and 7.6% respectively for Regional QLD.

The largest non-English speaking country of birth in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region was Philippines, where 0.8% of the population, or 2,082 people, were born.

The major differences between the countries of birth of the population in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region and Regional QLD were:

  • A smaller percentage of people born in New Zealand (1.4% compared to 3.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of people born in United Kingdom (2.2% compared to 4.4%)

Emerging groups

Between 2011 and 2016, the number of people born overseas increased by 3,795 or 16.4%, and the number of people from a non-English speaking background increased by 3,629 or 32.0%.

The largest changes in birthplace countries of the population in this area between 2011 and 2016 were for those born in:

  • India (+928 persons)
  • Philippines (+749 persons)
  • Iraq (+238 persons)
  • Nepal (+191 persons)

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