People in Australia who were born in Sudan

2011 Census Country of birth QuickStats
Geography type Australia by Country of Birth of Person
Area code 0 by 4105
People 19,370
Male 9,836
Female 9,534
Australian citizen 73.8%
Not an Australian citizen 21.2%
Families 6,246
Couples with children 3,381
Couples without children 636
One parent families 2,035
Other families 194
All private dwellings 7,894
Median monthly mortgage repayment $1,972
Median weekly rent paid $270

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People

demographics & education | cultural & language diversity | employment

Demographics & education

People Born in Sudan % Born in Sudan All overseas born % All overseas born Australian born % Australian born Total % Total
Total 19,370 -- 5,294,150 -- 15,017,846 -- 21,507,719 --
Male 9,836 50.8 2,593,757 49.0 7,412,598 49.4 10,634,013 49.4
Female 9,534 49.2 2,700,393 51.0 7,605,248 50.6 10,873,706 50.6

In the 2011 Census, there were 19,370 people in Australia who were born in Sudan. Of these 50.8% were male and 49.2% were female.

Age
People
Born in Sudan % Born in Sudan All overseas born % All overseas born Australian born % Australian born Total % Total
0-14 years 3,314 17.1 321,002 6.1 3,640,297 24.2 4,144,025 19.3
15-24 years 4,907 25.3 509,371 9.6 2,205,772 14.7 2,866,475 13.3
25-34 years 4,303 22.2 877,998 16.6 1,912,001 12.7 2,967,018 13.8
35-44 years 3,428 17.7 869,316 16.4 2,028,894 13.5 3,063,014 14.2
45-54 years 1,949 10.1 911,673 17.2 1,878,549 12.5 2,951,545 13.7
55-64 years 843 4.4 800,149 15.1 1,565,325 10.4 2,503,360 11.6
65 years and over 626 3.2 1,004,641 19.0 1,787,005 11.9 3,012,282 14.0
Median age 28 -- 45 -- 33 -- 37 --

Of the population born in Sudan who usually live in Australia, 17.1% were aged 0 - 14 years and 3.2% were aged 65 years and over. The median age of people in Australia who were born in Sudan was 28 years.

Registered marital status
People aged 15 years and over
Born in Sudan % Born in Sudan All overseas born % All overseas born Australian born % Australian born Total % Total
Married 7,019 43.7 2,928,440 58.9 5,108,631 44.9 8,461,114 48.7
Separated 1,219 7.6 153,431 3.1 338,561 3.0 529,281 3.0
Divorced 545 3.4 408,625 8.2 950,506 8.4 1,460,899 8.4
Widowed 702 4.4 302,440 6.1 566,038 5.0 949,634 5.5
Never married 6,571 40.9 1,180,210 23.7 4,413,812 38.8 5,962,768 34.3

Of people in Australia aged 15 years and over who were born in Sudan, 43.7% were married, 7.6% were separated, and 3.4% were divorced.

Median age by registered marital status
People aged 15 years and over
Born in Sudan % Born in Sudan All overseas born % All overseas born Australian born % Australian born Total % Total
Married 38 -- 50 -- 50 -- 50 --
Separated 37 -- 50 -- 48 -- 49 --
Divorced 42 -- 55 -- 54 -- 54 --
Widowed 51 -- 77 -- 78 -- 78 --
Never married 21 -- 27 -- 25 -- 25 --

Of people who usually live in Australia and who were born in Sudan the median age of married people was 38 years. Of people never married, the median age was 21 years.

Education Born in Sudan % Born in Sudan All overseas born % All overseas born Australian born % Australian born Total % Total
Pre-school 37 0.2 21,003 0.4 309,313 2.1 332,843 1.5
Primary 1,734 9.0 167,232 3.2 1,575,657 10.5 1,755,208 8.2
Secondary 2,540 13.1 175,726 3.3 1,149,930 7.7 1,336,043 6.2
University or tertiary institution 1,612 8.3 310,820 5.9 615,500 4.1 932,526 4.3
Technical or further education 2,552 13.2 144,143 2.7 324,322 2.2 473,608 2.2
Other 594 3.1 67,731 1.3 92,172 0.6 161,660 0.8
Institution attended, type not stated 2,131 11.0 164,034 3.1 456,866 3.0 1,511,692 7.0
Not attending an educational institution 8,170 42.2 4,243,461 80.2 10,494,086 69.9 15,004,139 69.8
Total 19,370 -- 5,294,150 -- 15,017,846 -- 21,507,719 --

Of the population born in Sudan who usually live in Australia, 57.8% were attending an educational institution. There were 9.0% in primary school, 13.1% in secondary school and 21.5% in a tertiary or technical institution.

Cultural & language diversity

Year of arrival Born in Sudan % Born in Sudan All overseas born % All overseas born Australian born % Australian born Total % Total
Before 1941 8 0.0 16,681 0.3 -- -- -- --
1941 - 1950 6 0.0 106,647 2.0 -- -- -- --
1951 - 1960 42 0.2 375,076 7.1 -- -- -- --
1961 - 1970 222 1.1 642,355 12.1 -- -- -- --
1971 - 1980 264 1.4 571,828 10.8 -- -- -- --
1981 - 1990 454 2.3 782,926 14.8 -- -- -- --
1991 - 2000 2,799 14.5 786,777 14.9 -- -- -- --
2001 - 2005 9,785 50.5 581,597 11.0 -- -- -- --
2006 - 2011 4,870 25.1 1,190,322 22.5 -- -- -- --
Born in Australia -- -- -- -- 15,017,842 -- -- --

In Australia of people who were born in Sudan, 25.1% arrived in Australia from 2006 - 2011 and 50.5% from 2001 - 2005.

Citizenship Born in Sudan % Born in Sudan All overseas born % All overseas born Australian born % Australian born Total % Total
Australian citizen 14,295 73.8 3,308,898 62.5 14,717,058 98.0 18,261,807 84.9
Not an Australian citizen 4,099 21.2 1,886,266 35.6 61,629 0.4 1,959,288 9.1

In Australia of people who were born in Sudan, 73.8% were Australian citizens.

Birthplace of spouse or partner Born in Sudan % Born in Sudan All overseas born % All overseas born Australian born % Australian born Total % Total
Spouse or partner born overseas 6,148 93.3 2,166,392 70.8 815,212 13.9 3,000,633 33.4
Spouse or partner born in Australia 282 4.3 815,212 26.6 4,893,731 83.3 5,724,579 63.8

In Australia of people who were born in Sudan and had a spouse or partner, 93.3% had a spouse or partner who was born overseas and 4.3% had a spouse or partner born in Australia.

Religious affiliation, top responses
Results may include 'nfd' for 'not further defined'
Born in Sudan % Born in Sudan All overseas born % All overseas born Australian born % Australian born Total % Total
Catholic 6,492 33.5 1,285,438 24.3 4,065,062 27.1 5,439,268 25.3
Anglican 3,167 16.4 632,770 12.0 2,983,580 19.9 3,679,907 17.1
Islam 3,097 16.0 286,163 5.4 179,080 1.2 476,290 2.2
Oriental Orthodox 2,342 12.1 27,124 0.5 13,457 0.1 41,261 0.2
Presbyterian and Reformed 724 3.7 154,343 2.9 433,177 2.9 599,515 2.8

In Australia of people who were born in Sudan, the most common responses to the religion question were Catholic 33.5%, Anglican 16.4%, Islam 16.0%, Oriental Orthodox 12.1% and Presbyterian and Reformed 3.7%.

English language proficiency Born in Sudan % Born in Sudan All overseas born % All overseas born Australian born % Australian born Total % Total
Speaks English only 1,116 5.8 2,475,678 46.8 13,801,996 91.9 16,509,291 76.8
Speaks other language and speaks English:  null  null  null  null  null  null
Very well or well 14,548 75.1 2,251,010 42.5 965,711 6.4 3,272,390 15.2
Not well or not at all 3,089 15.9 513,582 9.7 127,514 0.8 655,380 3.0

In Australia of people who were born in Sudan, 5.8% spoke English only at home. A further 75.1% spoke another language but also spoke English very well or well.

Employment

Employment
Labour force, people aged 15 years and over
Born in Sudan % Born in Sudan All overseas born % All overseas born Australian born % Australian born Total % Total
Worked full-time 2,992 39.9 1,815,912 60.9 4,481,393 59.4 6,367,554 59.7
Worked part-time 2,014 26.8 810,164 27.2 2,217,300 29.4 3,062,976 28.7
Away from work 592 7.9 163,025 5.5 452,103 6.0 627,797 5.9
Unemployed 1,903 25.4 192,530 6.5 398,931 5.3 600,133 5.6
Total in labour force 7,501 -- 2,981,631 -- 7,549,727 -- 10,658,460 --
Not in the labour force 7,814 48.7 1,908,619 38.4 3,687,284 32.4 5,729,306 33.0

In Australia of people who were born in Sudan and who were in the labour force, 39.9% worked full-time, 26.8% worked part-time and 25.4% were unemployed.

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Employment - hours worked
Labour force, people aged 15 years and over
Born in Sudan % Born in Sudan All overseas born % All overseas born Australian born % Australian born Total % Total
1-15 hours per week 756 13.5 253,078 9.1 823,237 11.5 1,087,799 10.8
16-24 hours per week 568 10.1 277,755 10.0 658,858 9.2 947,792 9.4
25-34 hours per week 690 12.3 279,329 10.0 735,206 10.3 1,027,380 10.2
35-39 hours per week 1,412 25.2 569,314 20.4 1,218,448 17.0 1,808,879 18.0
40 hours or more per week 1,585 28.3 1,246,601 44.7 3,262,942 45.6 4,558,678 45.3

In Australia of people who were born in Sudan and who were employed, 28.3% worked 40 hours or more per week and 25.2% worked 35-39 hours per week.

Median age by employment status
Labour force, people aged 15 years and over
Born in Sudan % Born in Sudan All overseas born % All overseas born Australian born % Australian born Total % Total
Employed full-time 36 -- 43 -- 40 -- 40 --
Employed part-time 34 -- 42 -- 39 -- 40 --

In Australia of people who were born in Sudan the median age for those who were employed full-time was 36, while the median age for those employed part-time was 34.

Occupation, top responses
Employed people aged 15 years and over
Born in Sudan % Born in Sudan All overseas born % All overseas born Australian born % Australian born Total % Total
Labourers 1,498 26.7 297,325 10.7 634,085 8.9 947,608 9.4
Community and Personal Service Workers 982 17.5 258,854 9.3 700,806 9.8 971,897 9.7
Professionals 793 14.2 688,981 24.7 1,440,391 20.1 2,145,442 21.3
Machinery Operators And Drivers 559 10.0 188,069 6.7 460,385 6.4 659,551 6.6
Clerical and Administrative Workers 412 7.4 380,315 13.6 1,089,161 15.2 1,483,558 14.7
Technicians and Trades Workers 400 7.1 371,777 13.3 1,035,127 14.5 1,425,146 14.2
Sales Workers 363 6.5 204,805 7.3 726,767 10.2 942,140 9.4
Managers 235 4.2 340,216 12.2 940,518 13.2 1,293,970 12.9

In Australia of people who were born in Sudan, the most common responses for occupation were Labourers 26.7%, Community and Personal Service Workers 17.5%, Professionals 14.2%, Machinery Operators And Drivers 10.0% and Clerical and Administrative Workers 7.4%.

Industry of employment, top responses
Employed people aged 15 years and over
Born in Sudan % Born in Sudan All overseas born % All overseas born Australian born % Australian born Total % Total
Meat and Meat Product Manufacturing 367 6.6 17,438 0.6 26,007 0.4 44,207 0.4
Residential Care Services 297 5.3 66,471 2.4 115,296 1.6 184,770 1.8
Cafes, Restaurants and Takeaway Food Services 208 3.7 145,010 5.2 263,327 3.7 412,804 4.1
Hospitals 174 3.1 117,869 4.2 239,579 3.4 361,011 3.6
Building Cleaning, Pest Control and Gardening Services 162 2.9 52,716 1.9 87,599 1.2 142,745 1.4

In Australia of people who were born in Sudan, the most common responses for industry of employment were Meat and Meat Product Manufacturing 6.6%, Residential Care Services 5.3%, Cafes, Restaurants and Takeaway Food Services 3.7%, Hospitals 3.1% and Building Cleaning, Pest Control and Gardening Services 2.9%.

Median weekly income
People aged 15 years and over
Born in Sudan % Born in Sudan All overseas born % All overseas born Australian born % Australian born Total % Total
Personal 294 -- 538 -- 597 -- 577 --
Family 805 -- 1,485 -- 1,492 -- 1,481 --
Household 814 -- 1,245 -- 1,194 -- 1,234 --

In Australia of people who were born in Sudan, the personal weekly median income was $294. Family median weekly income was $805 and Household median weekly income was $814.

Family and Household are determined for the selected country of birth, 'All overseas born' and 'Australian born' by the Reference Person and/or their spouse/partner's response to country of birth. See explanatory notes for more information.

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Travel to work
Employed people aged 15 years and over
Born in Sudan % Born in Sudan All overseas born % All overseas born Australian born % Australian born Total % Total

In Australia 67.8% of employed people who were born in Sudan, travelled to work on census day by car, while 12.3% travelled by bus or train.

Unpaid work
People aged 15 years and over
Born in Sudan % Born in Sudan All overseas born % All overseas born Australian born % Australian born Total % Total

In Australia 47.3% of people who were born in Sudan did unpaid domestic work in the week before the census, and 32.6% cared for a child or children in the two weeks before the census.

Unpaid domestic work, number of hours
People aged 15 years and over
Born in Sudan % Born in Sudan All overseas born % All overseas born Australian born % Australian born Total % Total

In Australia of people who were born in Sudan and who did unpaid domestic work in the week before the census, 14.8% worked 5 to 14 hours, 6.5% worked 15 to 29 hours and 8.4% worked 30 hours or more.

Families

family composition | weekly incomes | employment status of couple families

Family composition

For important information on how migrant families are classified, please see the explanatory notes

Family composition Born in Sudan % Born in Sudan All overseas born % All overseas born Australian born % Australian born Total % Total

These statistics are for families in Australia. They are for families where the reference person was born in Sudan and also include households where the reference person was born in Australia, or did not state their country of birth, but had a partner or spouse who was born in Sudan. Of these families, 54.1% were couple families with children, 10.2% were couple families without children and 32.6% were one parent families.

Weekly incomes

Median family income, couple families with two incomes Born in Sudan % Born in Sudan All overseas born % All overseas born Australian born % Australian born Total % Total
Families without children 1,991 -- 2,104 -- 2,072 -- 2,081 --
Families with children 1,727 -- 2,360 -- 2,283 -- 2,310 --

These statistics are for families in Australia. They are for families where the reference person was born in Sudan and also include households where the reference person was born in Australia, or did not state their country of birth, but had a partner or spouse who was born in Sudan. Of these families, the median weekly income for families without children was $1,991 and for families with children the median weekly income was $1,727.

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Employment status of couple families

Employment status of couple families
Labour force, people aged 15 years and over
Born in Sudan % Born in Sudan All overseas born % All overseas born Australian born % Australian born Total % Total
Both employed, worked full-time 332 8.3 424,216 21.3 583,765 22.2 1,015,165 21.7
Both employed, worked part-time 108 2.7 78,786 3.9 94,329 3.6 174,795 3.7
One employed full-time, one part-time 375 9.3 366,187 18.3 628,451 23.9 1,001,907 21.4
One employed full-time, other not working 869 21.6 351,617 17.6 378,600 14.4 736,322 15.7
One employed part-time, other not working 464 11.5 123,282 6.2 125,270 4.8 251,191 5.4
Both not working 1,224 30.4 428,908 21.5 451,465 17.2 899,598 19.2
Other 255 6.3 114,131 5.7 173,546 6.6 291,196 6.2
Labour force status not stated 396 9.8 109,016 5.5 190,703 7.3 314,529 6.7

These statistics are for families in Australia. They are for families where the reference person was born in Sudan and also include households where the reference person was born in Australia, or did not state their country of birth, but had a partner or spouse who was born in Sudan. Of these families, 8.3% of families had both parents working full-time, 9.3% of families had one parent working full-time and one parent working part-time, and 30.4% of families stated that both parents were not working.

Dwellings

dwelling structure | mortgage & rent | household composition

Dwelling structure

Dwelling tables exclude visitor only and other non-classifiable households

For important information on how migrant households are classified, please see the explanatory notes

Dwelling structure
Occupied private dwellings
People born in Sudan % People born in Sudan All birthplace responses % All birthplace responses Total % Total
Separate house 4,998 63.3 5,773,803 75.7 5,864,574 75.6
Semi-detached, row or terrace house, townhouse etc 1,022 12.9 749,880 9.8 765,980 9.9
Flat, unit or apartment 1,841 23.3 1,033,848 13.6 1,056,237 13.6
Other dwelling 21 0.3 63,820 0.8 66,666 0.9

These statistics are for occupied private dwellings in Australia. For the dwellings that were occupied on census night by a person or persons who were born in Sudan, 63.3% were a separate house, 23.3% were a flat, unit or apartment, and 12.9% were a semi-detached, row or terrace house, townhouse etc.

Number of bedrooms
Occupied private dwellings
People born in Sudan % People born in Sudan All birthplace responses % All birthplace responses Total % Total
None (includes bedsitters) 75 1.0 40,817 0.5 42,160 0.5
1 bedroom 315 4.0 353,399 4.6 363,129 4.7
2 bedrooms 1,607 20.4 1,452,173 19.0 1,481,577 19.1
3 bedrooms 3,136 39.7 3,331,683 43.7 3,379,930 43.6
4 or more bedrooms 2,348 29.7 2,332,594 30.6 2,350,132 30.3
Number of bedrooms not stated 413 5.2 117,401 1.5 143,394 1.8

These statistics are for occupied private dwellings in Australia. For the dwellings that were occupied on census night by a person or persons who were born in Sudan, 20.4% had two bedrooms, 39.7% had three bedrooms and 29.7% had four or more bedrooms.

Mortgage & rent

Mortgage and rent
Occupied private dwellings
People born in Sudan % People born in Sudan All birthplace responses % All birthplace responses Total % Total
Owned outright 546 6.9 2,440,739 32.0 2,488,149 32.1
Owned with a mortgage 1,443 18.3 2,691,967 35.3 2,709,433 34.9
Rented 5,396 68.4 2,265,310 29.7 2,297,458 29.6
Other tenure type 34 0.4 68,118 0.9 70,069 0.9
Tenure type not stated 475 6.0 161,933 2.1 195,213 2.5
Median monthly mortgage repayment 1,972 -- 1,800 -- 1,800 --
Median weekly rent paid 270 -- 286 -- 285 --

These statistics are for occupied private dwellings in Australia. For the dwellings that were occupied on census night by a person or persons who were born in Sudan, 6.9% were owned outright, 18.3% were owned with a mortgage and 68.4% were rented. The median monthly mortgage repayment was $1,972 and the median weekly rent paid was $270.

Household composition

Household composition People born in Sudan % People born in Sudan All birthplace responses % All birthplace responses Total % Total
One family households 6,388 82.0 5,365,562 70.3 5,422,469 69.9
Multiple family households 268 3.4 127,500 1.7 128,147 1.7
Single (or lone) person households 785 10.1 1,818,070 23.8 1,888,697 24.3
Group households 351 4.5 316,935 4.2 321,006 4.1

All occupants of a private dwelling complete one census form and are counted as a household. 'People born in Sudan' includes households in Australia where at least one person was born in Sudan. Of those households, 82.0% were one family households and 10.1% were lone person households.

Some values may have been adjusted to avoid release of confidential data. This may have a significant impact on the calculated percentages.