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RDA Northern Territory

Overseas arrivals


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

45,399 people who were living in the RDA Northern Territory in 2016 were born overseas, and 32% arrived in Australia within 5 years prior to 2016.

The Year of Arrival data records when the overseas born population arrived in Australia. The data shows the degree to which areas are 'ports' for new overseas arrivals and reveals the role of the RDA Northern Territory in housing the overseas-born. The number of recent overseas arrivals in an area is often determined by housing affordability, employment opportunities and pre-existing communities located in the area.

The RDA Northern Territory's Year of Arrival data, when used with Birthplace, Religion and Language Spoken at Home data, is a good indicator of the likely need for services in migrant communities.

Derived from the Census question:

'In what year did the person first arrive in Australia to live here for one year or more?'

Overseas born population

Overseas arrivals
RDA Northern Territory - Overseas born (Usual residence)2016
Year of arrival in AustraliaNumber%Greater Darwin %
2011 to 9 Aug 201614,33031.631.3
2006 to 20109,27920.420.8
2001 to 20053,0346.76.4
1991 to 2000 (10 year period)3,8798.58.7
1981 to 1990 (10 year period)4,56010.010.4
1971 to 1980 (10 year period)3,9168.68.9
1961 to 1970 (10 year period)3,0226.76.6
Arrived in 1960 or earlier1,4343.23.0
Not stated1,9454.34.0

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

Overseas arrivals, 2016
Overseas arrivals, 2016 Not stated, Greater Darwin: 4.0% Arrived in 1960 or earlier, Greater Darwin: 3.0% 1961 to 1970, Greater Darwin: 6.6% 1971 to 1980, Greater Darwin: 8.9% 1981 to 1990, Greater Darwin: 10.4% 1991 to 2000, Greater Darwin: 8.7% 2001 to 2005, Greater Darwin: 6.4% 2006 to 2010, Greater Darwin: 20.8% 2011 to 9 Aug 2016, Greater Darwin: 31.3% Not stated, RDA Northern Territory: 4.3% Arrived in 1960 or earlier, RDA Northern Territory: 3.2% 1961 to 1970, RDA Northern Territory: 6.7% 1971 to 1980, RDA Northern Territory: 8.6% 1981 to 1990, RDA Northern Territory: 10.0% 1991 to 2000, RDA Northern Territory: 8.5% 2001 to 2005, RDA Northern Territory: 6.7% 2006 to 2010, RDA Northern Territory: 20.4% 2011 to 9 Aug 2016, RDA Northern Territory: 31.6%
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.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the year of arrival for the overseas born population of the RDA Northern Territory in 2016 compared to Greater Darwin shows that there was a smaller proportion of people who arrived before 2001, and a similar proportion of recent overseas arrivals (those who arrived between 2011 to 9 Aug 2016).

Overall, 37.0% of the overseas born population arrived before 2001, and 31.6% arrived during or after 2011, compared with 37.6% and 31.3% respectively for Greater Darwin.

There were no major differences between RDA Northern Territory and Greater Darwin in 2016.

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