People in Australia who were born in Malaysia

2016 Census Country of birth QuickStats
Area code 0 by 5203
People 138,365
Male 63,664
Female 74,701
Australian citizen 47.0%
Not an Australian citizen 51.7%
Families 61,951
Couples with children 31,672
Couples without children 23,416
One parent families 4,899
Other families 1,970
All private dwellings 85,760
Median monthly mortgage repayment $2,000
Median weekly rent paid $390

(a) This label has been updated to more accurately reflect the Census concept shown in this data item. The data has not changed.

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People

demographics & education | cultural & language diversity | employment

Demographics & education

People Born in Malaysia % Born in Malaysia All overseas born % All overseas born Australian born % Australian born Total % Total
Male 63,664 46.0 2,997,173 48.6 7,735,362 49.5 11,546,638 49.3
Female 74,701 54.0 3,166,493 51.4 7,880,175 50.5 11,855,248 50.7

In the 2016 Census, there were 138,365 people in Australia who were born in Malaysia. Of these 46.0% were male and 54.0% were female.

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Age
People
Born in Malaysia % Born in Malaysia All overseas born % All overseas born Australian born % Australian born Total % Total
0-14 years 7,694 5.6 366,872 6.0 3,777,875 24.2 4,364,607 18.7
15-24 years 21,164 15.3 612,643 9.9 2,197,847 14.1 2,988,390 12.8
25-34 years 26,946 19.5 1,130,884 18.3 1,994,601 12.8 3,368,449 14.4
35-44 years 24,578 17.8 1,021,528 16.6 1,911,355 12.2 3,144,935 13.4
45-54 years 19,783 14.3 961,980 15.6 1,920,340 12.3 3,105,007 13.3
55-64 years 19,972 14.4 840,595 13.6 1,704,198 10.9 2,753,734 11.8
65 years and over 18,239 13.2 1,229,161 19.9 2,109,310 13.5 3,676,765 15.7
Median age 39 -- 44 -- 34 -- 38 --

Of the population born in Malaysia who usually live in Australia, 5.6% were aged 0 - 14 years and 13.2% were aged 65 years and over. The median age of people in Australia who were born in Malaysia was 39 years.

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Registered marital status
People aged 15 years and over
Born in Malaysia % Born in Malaysia All overseas born % All overseas born Australian born % Australian born Total % Total
Married 72,364 55.4 3,362,174 58.0 5,158,710 43.6 9,148,218 48.1
Separated 2,350 1.8 178,867 3.1 376,863 3.2 608,059 3.2
Divorced 6,343 4.9 464,766 8.0 1,021,844 8.6 1,626,890 8.5
Widowed 3,730 2.9 326,987 5.6 560,940 4.7 985,204 5.2
Never married 45,891 35.1 1,463,996 25.3 4,719,302 39.9 6,668,910 35.0

Of people in Australia aged 15 years and over who were born in Malaysia, 55.4% were married, 1.8% were separated, and 4.9% were divorced.

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Education Born in Malaysia % Born in Malaysia All overseas born % All overseas born Australian born % Australian born Total % Total
Pre-school 600 0.4 21,982 0.4 323,754 2.1 347,621 1.5
Primary 4,016 2.9 197,196 3.2 1,717,830 11.0 1,926,880 8.2
Secondary 5,118 3.7 224,770 3.6 1,211,676 7.8 1,446,506 6.2
University or tertiary institution 16,965 12.3 440,789 7.2 713,008 4.6 1,160,630 5.0
Technical or further education 3,595 2.6 152,909 2.5 267,689 1.7 424,870 1.8
Other 2,510 1.8 97,890 1.6 98,429 0.6 198,383 0.8
Institution attended, type not stated 1,493 1.1 117,292 1.9 329,449 2.1 1,707,023 7.3
Not attending an educational institution 104,077 75.2 4,910,840 79.7 10,953,685 70.1 16,189,980 69.2

Of the population born in Malaysia who usually live in Australia, 24.8% were attending an educational institution. There were 2.9% in primary school, 3.7% in secondary school and 14.9% in a tertiary or technical institution.

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Level of highest educational attainment
People aged 15 years and over
Born in Malaysia % Born in Malaysia All overseas born % All overseas born Australian born % Australian born Total % Total
Bachelor Degree level and above 65,392 50.0 1,830,410 31.6 2,320,141 19.6 4,181,406 22.0
Advanced Diploma and Diploma level 13,932 10.7 587,176 10.1 1,079,954 9.1 1,687,893 8.9
Certificate level IV 1,792 1.4 120,064 2.1 425,836 3.6 551,767 2.9
Certificate level III 4,480 3.4 565,803 9.8 1,831,323 15.5 2,442,203 12.8
Year 12 23,308 17.8 1,051,623 18.1 1,902,337 16.1 2,994,097 15.7
Year 11 3,732 2.9 200,856 3.5 724,761 6.1 941,531 4.9
Year 10 5,117 3.9 418,929 7.2 1,588,715 13.4 2,054,331 10.8
Certificate level II 33 0.0 3,313 0.1 9,848 0.1 13,454 0.1
Certificate level I 7 0.0 863 0.0 1,266 0.0 2,176 0.0
Year 9 or below 5,053 3.9 458,176 7.9 1,027,299 8.7 1,529,897 8.0
No educational attainment 1,085 0.8 114,870 2.0 26,748 0.2 145,844 0.8
Not stated 3,412 2.6 264,618 4.6 570,419 4.8 1,974,794 10.4

Of the population born in Malaysia who usually live in Australia, 17.8% reported having completed Year 12 as their highest level of educational attainment, 4.8% had completed a Certificate III or IV and 10.7% had completed an Advanced Diploma or Diploma.

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Cultural & language diversity

Year of arrival Born in Malaysia % Born in Malaysia All overseas born % All overseas born Australian born % Australian born Total % Total
Before 1941 87 0.1 9,289 0.2 -- -- -- --
1941 - 1950 269 0.2 84,378 1.4 -- -- -- --
1951 - 1960 1,284 0.9 321,721 5.2 -- -- -- --
1961 - 1970 6,255 4.5 590,106 9.6 -- -- -- --
1971 - 1980 12,967 9.4 541,319 8.8 -- -- -- --
1981 - 1990 28,819 20.8 768,312 12.5 -- -- -- --
1991 - 2000 14,870 10.7 766,940 12.4 -- -- -- --
2001 - 2005 13,882 10.0 559,084 9.1 -- -- -- --
2006 - 2010 20,758 15.0 985,332 16.0 -- -- -- --
2011 - 2016 34,841 25.2 1,324,426 21.5 -- -- -- --
Born in Australia -- -- -- -- 15,615,531 -- -- --

In Australia of people who were born in Malaysia, 25.2% arrived in Australia from 2011 - 2016 and 15.0% from 2006 - 2010.

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Citizenship Born in Malaysia % Born in Malaysia All overseas born % All overseas born Australian born % Australian born Total % Total
Australian citizen 64,999 47.0 3,652,290 59.3 15,304,785 98.0 19,278,834 82.4
Not an Australian citizen 71,543 51.7 2,402,591 39.0 86,884 0.6 2,507,458 10.7

In Australia of people who were born in Malaysia, 47.0% were Australian citizens.

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Birthplace of spouse or partner Born in Malaysia % Born in Malaysia All overseas born % All overseas born Australian born % Australian born Total % Total
Spouse or partner born overseas 57,187 77.7 2,533,692 72.3 874,386 14.5 3,432,017 35.9
Spouse or partner born in Australia 13,920 18.9 874,386 25.0 4,975,104 82.7 5,872,893 61.4

In Australia of people who were born in Malaysia and had a spouse or partner, 77.7% had a spouse or partner who was born overseas and 18.9% had a spouse or partner born in Australia.

Note: Total does not include those spouses or partners who did not state their country of birth.

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Religious affiliation, top responses
Results may include 'nfd' for 'not further defined'
Born in Malaysia % Born in Malaysia All overseas born % All overseas born Australian born % Australian born Total % Total
Buddhism 33,311 24.1 400,332 6.5 156,171 1.0 563,674 2.4
No Religion, so described 28,930 20.9 1,647,084 26.7 5,197,438 33.3 6,933,708 29.6
Catholic 17,606 12.7 1,306,565 21.2 3,895,007 24.9 5,291,834 22.6
Christian, nfd 7,785 5.6 211,734 3.4 391,430 2.5 612,371 2.6
Islam 7,160 5.2 372,165 6.0 219,936 1.4 604,240 2.6

In Australia of people who were born in Malaysia, the most common responses to the religion question were Buddhism 24.1%, No Religion, so described 20.9%, Catholic 12.7%, Christian, nfd 5.6% and Islam 5.2%.

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English language proficiency Born in Malaysia % Born in Malaysia All overseas born % All overseas born Australian born % Australian born Total % Total
Speaks English only 43,419 31.4 2,581,282 41.9 14,190,672 90.9 17,020,421 72.7
Speaks other language and speaks English:  null  null  null  null  null  null
Very well or well 85,592 61.9 2,885,219 46.8 1,122,966 7.2 4,068,598 17.4
Not well or not at all 8,555 6.2 648,470 10.5 157,704 1.0 819,925 3.5

In Australia of people who were born in Malaysia, 31.4% spoke English only at home. A further 61.9% spoke another language but also spoke English very well or well.

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Employment

Employment
Labour force, people aged 15 years and over
Born in Malaysia % Born in Malaysia All overseas born % All overseas born Australian born % Australian born Total % Total
Worked full-time 50,317 58.8 2,052,828 58.4 4,491,739 57.5 6,623,065 57.7
Worked part-time 24,875 29.1 1,025,198 29.2 2,421,402 31.0 3,491,503 30.4
Away from work 3,234 3.8 158,027 4.5 397,088 5.1 569,276 5.0
Unemployed 7,117 8.3 277,586 7.9 498,013 6.4 787,452 6.9
Not in the labour force 44,467 34.0 2,221,922 38.3 3,913,066 33.1 6,297,600 33.1

In Australia of people who were born in Malaysia and who were in the labour force, 58.8% worked full-time, 29.1% worked part-time and 8.3% were unemployed.

The ABS Labour Force Survey provides the official estimates of Australia's unemployment rate. More information about Census and labour force status is provided in Understanding the Census and Census Data.

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Employment - hours worked
Labour force, people aged 15 years and over
Born in Malaysia % Born in Malaysia All overseas born % All overseas born Australian born % Australian born Total % Total
1-15 hours per week 8,454 10.8 313,561 9.7 890,779 12.2 1,218,823 11.4
16-24 hours per week 8,863 11.3 358,890 11.1 706,291 9.7 1,079,236 10.1
25-34 hours per week 7,556 9.6 352,748 10.9 824,331 11.3 1,193,445 11.2
35-39 hours per week 16,463 21.0 705,848 21.8 1,300,092 17.8 2,031,263 19.0
40 hours or more per week 33,852 43.2 1,346,985 41.6 3,191,643 43.7 4,591,801 43.0

In Australia of people who were born in Malaysia and who were employed, 43.2% worked 40 hours or more per week and 21.0% worked 35-39 hours per week.

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Occupation, top responses
Employed people aged 15 years and over
Born in Malaysia % Born in Malaysia All overseas born % All overseas born Australian born % Australian born Total % Total
Professionals 32,605 41.6 815,695 25.2 1,536,662 21.0 2,370,966 22.2
Clerical and Administrative Workers 10,572 13.5 393,619 12.2 1,040,953 14.2 1,449,681 13.6
Managers 9,563 12.2 403,585 12.5 970,340 13.3 1,390,047 13.0
Community and Personal Service Workers 6,393 8.2 351,854 10.9 789,597 10.8 1,157,003 10.8
Technicians and Trades Workers 6,365 8.1 405,055 12.5 1,021,688 14.0 1,447,414 13.5

In Australia of people who were born in Malaysia, the most common responses for occupation were Professionals 41.6%, Clerical and Administrative Workers 13.5%, Managers 12.2%, Community and Personal Service Workers 8.2% and Technicians and Trades Workers 8.1%.

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Industry of employment, top responses
Employed people aged 15 years and over
Born in Malaysia % Born in Malaysia All overseas born % All overseas born Australian born % Australian born Total % Total
Hospitals (except Psychiatric Hospitals) 5,189 6.6 141,550 4.4 265,609 3.6 411,808 3.9
Cafes and Restaurants 4,486 5.7 121,097 3.7 130,007 1.8 253,385 2.4
Banking 2,413 3.1 56,849 1.8 86,366 1.2 144,232 1.3
Computer System Design and Related Services 2,323 3.0 82,618 2.6 79,573 1.1 162,884 1.5
Higher Education 2,314 3.0 61,774 1.9 93,269 1.3 155,985 1.5

In Australia of people who were born in Malaysia, the most common responses for industry of employment were Hospitals (except Psychiatric Hospitals) 6.6%, Cafes and Restaurants 5.7%, Banking 3.1%, Computer System Design and Related Services 3.0% and Higher Education 3.0%.

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Median weekly income
People aged 15 years and over
Born in Malaysia % Born in Malaysia All overseas born % All overseas born Australian born % Australian born Total % Total
Personal 721 -- 615 -- 688 -- 662 --
Family 2,190 -- 1,725 -- 1,834 -- 1,734 --
Household 1,947 -- 1,562 -- 1,539 -- 1,438 --

In Australia of people who were born in Malaysia, the personal weekly median income was $721. Family median weekly income was $2,190 and Household median weekly income was $1,947.

Median personal weekly income for persons aged 15 years and over born in the selected country. Excludes those who did not state an income.

Family for the selected country of birth is determined by the reference person and/or their spouse/partner's response to country of birth. Median family income excludes families where at least one family member aged 15 years and over did not state an income.

Household for the selected country of birth is determined by the response of any household member (enumerated in the dwelling) to country of birth. Median household income excludes households where at least one member aged 15 years and over did not state an income.

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Travel to work
Employed people aged 15 years and over
Born in Malaysia % Born in Malaysia All overseas born % All overseas born Australian born % Australian born Total % Total
Car 45,458 58.0 1,986,872 61.4 5,009,484 68.5 7,090,101 66.4
Bus or train 12,501 15.9 453,292 14.0 454,116 6.2 915,328 8.6
Other 10,511 13.4 381,664 11.8 672,865 9.2 1,066,965 10.0

In Australia 58.0% of employed people who were born in Malaysia travelled to work on census day by car, while 15.9% travelled by bus or train.

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Unpaid work
People aged 15 years and over
Born in Malaysia % Born in Malaysia All overseas born % All overseas born Australian born % Australian born Total % Total
Did unpaid domestic work (last week) 96,408 73.8 3,964,948 68.4 9,000,198 76.0 13,143,914 69.0
Cared for child/children (last two weeks) 34,532 26.4 1,677,392 28.9 3,507,061 29.6 5,259,400 27.6
Provided unpaid assistance to a person with a disability (last two weeks) 10,448 8.0 613,990 10.6 1,489,817 12.6 2,145,203 11.3
Did voluntary work through an organisation or group (last 12 months) 29,304 22.4 941,091 16.2 2,634,097 22.3 3,620,726 19.0

In Australia 73.8% of people who were born in Malaysia did unpaid domestic work in the week before the census, and 26.4% cared for a child or children in the two weeks before the census.

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Unpaid domestic work, number of hours
People aged 15 years and over
Born in Malaysia % Born in Malaysia All overseas born % All overseas born Australian born % Australian born Total % Total
Less than 5 hours per week 33,769 25.8 1,234,900 21.3 3,013,177 25.5 4,298,593 22.6
5 to 14 hours per week 35,321 27.0 1,509,217 26.0 3,371,602 28.5 4,944,578 26.0
15 to 29 hours per week 14,826 11.3 678,501 11.7 1,479,061 12.5 2,189,776 11.5
30 hours or more per week 12,495 9.6 542,335 9.4 1,136,359 9.6 1,710,970 9.0

In Australia of people who were born in Malaysia and who did unpaid domestic work in the week before the census, 27.0% worked 5 to 14 hours, 11.3% worked 15 to 29 hours and 9.6% worked 30 hours or more.

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Families

family composition | employment status of couple families

Family composition

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Family composition Born in Malaysia % Born in Malaysia All overseas born % All overseas born Australian born % Australian born Total % Total
Couple family without children 23,416 37.8 1,012,440 39.3 1,240,422 36.6 2,291,987 37.8
Couple family with children 31,672 51.1 1,248,241 48.4 1,434,939 42.3 2,716,224 44.7
One parent family 4,899 7.9 282,463 11.0 648,590 19.1 959,543 15.8
Other family 1,970 3.2 34,059 1.3 65,896 1.9 102,559 1.7
Families with a child under 5 10,689 17.3 446,733 17.3 591,182 17.4 1,037,904 17.1
Families with a child aged 0-15 years 22,762 36.7 977,697 37.9 1,379,763 40.7 2,357,465 38.8

These statistics are for families in Australia. They are for families where the reference person and/or their spouse or partner was born in Malaysia. Of these families, 51.1% were couple families with children, 37.8% were couple families without children and 7.9% were one parent families.

Note: Totals for families with a child under 5 and for families with a child aged 0-15 years does not include those families where the reference person and/or their spouse/partner did not state their country of birth.

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Employment status of couple families

Employment status of parents in couple families
Labour force, people aged 15 years and over
Born in Malaysia % Born in Malaysia All overseas born % All overseas born Australian born % Australian born Total % Total
Both employed, worked full-time 13,383 24.3 475,278 21.0 600,260 22.4 1,084,006 21.6
Both employed, worked part-time 2,611 4.7 97,948 4.3 103,266 3.9 203,596 4.1
One employed full-time, one part-time 10,681 19.4 424,478 18.8 652,771 24.4 1,086,460 21.7
One employed full-time, other not working 10,688 19.4 390,307 17.3 352,203 13.2 749,886 15.0
One employed part-time, other not working 3,827 6.9 156,274 6.9 141,852 5.3 302,037 6.0
Both not working 8,743 15.9 492,423 21.8 488,403 18.3 1,006,697 20.1
Other (includes away from work) 2,392 4.3 107,664 4.8 152,346 5.7 264,145 5.3
Labour force status not stated (by one or both parents in a couple family) 2,771 5.0 116,299 5.1 184,264 6.9 311,381 6.2

These statistics are for families in Australia. They are for families where the reference person and/or their spouse or partner was born in Malaysia. Of these families, 24.3% of families had both parents working full-time, 19.4% of families had one parent working full-time and one parent working part-time, and 15.9% of families stated that both parents were not working.

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Dwellings

dwelling structure | mortgage & rent | household composition

Dwelling structure

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Dwelling tables exclude visitor only and other non-classifiable households

Dwelling structure
Occupied private dwellings
Born in Malaysia % Born in Malaysia All overseas born % All overseas born Australian born % Australian born Total % Total
Separate house 53,361 62.2 2,212,954 67.1 5,074,866 76.9 6,041,788 72.9
Semi-detached, row or terrace house, townhouse etc 13,334 15.5 466,800 14.1 779,497 11.8 1,055,016 12.7
Flat or apartment 18,492 21.6 585,471 17.7 668,862 10.1 1,087,434 13.1
Other dwelling 256 0.3 20,721 0.6 48,617 0.7 64,425 0.8

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 Malaysia, 62.2% were a separate house, 21.6% were a flat or apartment, and 15.5% were a semi-detached, row or terrace house, townhouse etc.

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Number of bedrooms
Occupied private dwellings
Born in Malaysia % Born in Malaysia All overseas born % All overseas born Australian born % Australian born Total % Total
None (includes bedsitters) 554 0.6 17,187 0.5 23,956 0.4 39,769 0.5
1 bedroom 4,639 5.4 176,922 5.4 254,884 3.9 411,252 5.0
2 bedrooms 16,260 19.0 658,470 20.0 1,119,772 17.0 1,562,759 18.9
3 bedrooms 28,566 33.3 1,264,755 38.3 2,787,246 42.2 3,403,190 41.1
4 or more bedrooms 34,471 40.2 1,110,865 33.7 2,287,725 34.7 2,670,758 32.2
Number of bedrooms not stated 1,287 1.5 71,635 2.2 126,102 1.9 198,351 2.4

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 Malaysia, 19.0% had two bedrooms, 33.3% had three bedrooms and 40.2% had four or more bedrooms.

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Mortgage & rent

Mortgage and rent
Occupied private dwellings
Born in Malaysia % Born in Malaysia All overseas born % All overseas born Australian born % Australian born Total % Total
Owned outright 26,537 30.9 970,425 29.4 2,013,505 30.5 2,565,695 31.0
Owned with a mortgage 33,359 38.9 1,122,252 34.0 2,474,999 37.5 2,855,222 34.5
Rented 23,966 27.9 1,099,840 33.3 1,907,007 28.9 2,561,302 30.9
Other tenure type 451 0.5 25,380 0.8 59,681 0.9 78,994 1.0
Tenure type not stated 1,449 1.7 81,928 2.5 144,494 2.2 224,869 2.7
Median monthly mortgage repayment 2,000 -- 1,950 -- 1,742 -- 1,755 --
Median weekly rent paid 390 -- 370 -- 330 -- 335 --

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 Malaysia, 30.9% were owned outright, 38.9% were owned with a mortgage and 27.9% were rented. The median monthly mortgage repayment was $2,000 and the median weekly rent paid was $390.

Median monthly mortgage repayment relates only to occupied private dwellings that are owned with a mortgage (including those being purchased under a rent/buy scheme). It excludes 'visitor only' and 'other non-classifiable' households and dwellings that did not state a monthly repayment value.

Median weekly rent paid relates to occupied private dwellings being rented (including rent-free accommodation). It excludes 'visitor only' and 'other non-classifiable' households and dwellings that did not state a weekly payment value.

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Household composition

Household composition Born in Malaysia % Born in Malaysia All overseas born % All overseas born Australian born % Australian born Total % Total
One family households 63,537 74.1 2,465,248 74.7 4,809,352 72.9 5,751,635 69.4
Multiple family households 2,268 2.6 101,470 3.1 137,593 2.1 155,992 1.9
Single (or lone) person households 12,796 14.9 559,665 17.0 1,403,935 21.3 2,023,542 24.4
Group households 7,169 8.4 173,452 5.3 248,803 3.8 354,917 4.3

All occupants of a private dwelling complete one census form and are counted as a household. 'Born in Malaysia' includes households in Australia where at least one person was born in Malaysia. Of those households, 74.1% were one family households and 14.9% were lone person households.

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Data reported for Australia and Other Territories now includes Norfolk Island, following an amendment to the Acts Interpretation Act, 1901. Because Norfolk Island has not previously been included in the Census, any 2011 benchmarks will not include Norfolk Island.