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State and territory composition by country of birth


Australia's ERP by country of birth at the state and territory level is only available for census years. Table 5.8 shows the composition by country of birth for each state and territory, for the top ten countries ranked at the national level, for 30 June 2006.

Western Australia recorded the highest proportion of overseas-born residents (30%) in their population. Tasmania (12%) and the Northern Territory (16%) had the lowest proportion of overseas-born residents, well below the Australian level of 25% recorded in 2006.

In 2006, Western Australia had the highest proportion of people born in the United Kingdom (11%), almost double the Australian proportion of 6%. The highest proportion of New Zealand-born residents was in Queensland (4%).

In Victoria, there were higher proportions of residents born in Italy (2%) and Greece, Vietnam and India (1% each) than any other state or territory. New South Wales had the highest proportion of people born in China (2%), while the Northern Territory had the highest proportion of people born in the Philippines (1%). Residents born in Germany and the Netherlands were fairly evenly spread across all states and territories.

5.8 Estimated resident population, State and territory composition(a) - Selected countries of birth - 30 June 2006

State or territory of usual residence
NSW
Vic.
Qld
SA
WA
Tas.
NT
ACT
Aust.(b)
Country of birth
%
%
%
%
%
%
%
%
%

Australia
73.5
73.7
80.3
78.1
70.1
88.5
84.4
76.4
75.4
Overseas-born
UK, CI & IOM(c)
4.3
4.4
5.2
8.2
11.3
5.0
3.5
5.0
5.5
New Zealand
1.8
1.4
4.2
0.8
2.7
1.0
1.9
1.3
2.2
Italy
0.9
1.8
0.4
1.6
1.2
0.2
0.3
0.7
1.1
Vietnam
1.1
1.3
0.4
0.8
0.6
-
0.3
0.8
0.9
China(d)
2.1
1.4
0.5
0.6
0.5
0.2
0.2
1.3
1.3
Greece
0.6
1.3
0.1
0.8
0.2
0.1
0.6
0.4
0.6
Germany
0.5
0.6
0.6
0.9
0.6
0.5
0.5
0.8
0.6
Philippines
1.0
0.6
0.5
0.4
0.4
0.2
1.1
0.6
0.7
India
1.0
1.2
0.3
0.5
0.9
0.2
0.4
1.0
0.9
Netherlands
0.3
0.5
0.4
0.6
0.6
0.6
0.3
0.4
0.4
Total overseas-born
26.5
26.3
19.7
21.9
29.9
11.5
15.6
23.6
24.6
Total
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0
100.0

- nil or rounded to zero (including null cells)
(a) Country of birth is available at the state and territory level in census years only.
(b) Includes Other Territories. See paragraphs 63-64 of the Explanatory Notes.
(c) United Kingdom, Channel Islands and Isle of Man.
(d) Excludes SARs and Taiwan.




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