2008.0 - Census of Population and Housing: Nature and Content, Australia, 2016  
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This topic provides information on the years of residence in Australia of people born overseas. The year of arrival question asks overseas-born people to supply the year they arrived in Australia with the intention of staying for at least one year.

Data on overseas-born people's years of residence in Australia, when cross-classified with other Census data, are used to analyse changes over time in the characteristics of migrants to Australia. The question also makes it possible to examine the characteristics of migrants, and their geographic settlement patterns, by the number of years since they arrived in Australia.


All Australian Censuses since 1911 have contained one of these two questions; the date of first arrival in Australia or the number of full years of residence in Australia. Since the 2001 Census the question has asked overseas-born respondents to write in the year they arrived in Australia, thereby providing more detailed information than in previous Censuses.

The following question is from the paper 2016 Census Household Form.

Image: question 13 from the paper 2016 Census Household Form.