Aussie Facts

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Where do Aussies come from? Guess what the top ten countries of origin are.

Read on to discover the answers to these questions and more.

Australia’s diversity

Australians come from all over the world. Indigenous Australians have been here for tens of thousands of years. In the last two centuries people have come from every continent to make Australia their home.

Today there are more than 22 million people living in Australia who all contribute different ideas, religions, languages and customs to our country. The diversity of people who live in Australia makes it an interesting place to live.

Here are some facts about Australians today:

  • Aussie Fact:
    Since the end of World War II in 1945, more than seven million migrants have made Australia their home.
  • Aussie Fact:
    Around 45 percent of Australians were born overseas or have at least one parent who was born overseas.
  • Aussie Fact:
    People from more than 200 countries make up the Australian community.
  • Aussie Fact:
    The top ten countries of birth in Australia are Australia, United Kingdom, New Zealand, China, India, Italy, Vietnam, Philippines, South Africa and Malaysia.
  • Aussie Fact:
    Australians identify around 300 ancestries.
  • Aussie Fact:
    Australians practise more than 100 religions including Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism.
  • Aussie Fact:
    More than 300 languages are spoken in Australian homes.
  • Aussie Fact:
    More than 60 Indigenous languages are spoken today.
  • Aussie Fact:
    Apart from English the most common languages spoken in Australia are Mandarin, Italian, Arabic, Cantonese, Greek, Vietnamese, Tagalog/Filipino, Spanish and Hindi.