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Census reveals a fast changing, culturally diverse Australia

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Census reveals a fast changing, culturally diverse Australia

By SAT News Desk

Melbourne, 28 June: The results of the Census 2016 announced reveal a fast changing, ever-expanding, culturally diverse Australia. The data released on June 27 clearly indicates the decline of religion and an Asian resurgence with newest migrants coming from China and India.

In communities across the country, there is an increasing variety in terms of country of birth, languages spoken, whether people are of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent, and religious affiliation (or secular beliefs). The Census captures these characteristics and highlights the rich cultural diversity of Australian society.

The 2016 Census shows that two thirds (67 per cent) of the Australian population were born in Australia. Nearly half (49 per cent) of Australians had either been born overseas (first generation Australians) or one or both parents had been born overseas (second generation Australian).

While England and New Zealand were still the next most common countries of birth after Australia, the proportion of people born in China and India has increased since 2011 (from 6.0 per cent to 8.3 per cent, and 5.6 per cent to 7.4 per cent, respectively).

Of the 6,163,667 people born overseas, nearly one in five (18 per cent) had arrived since the start of 2012.

In 2016, 83 per cent of the overseas-born population lived in a capital city compared with 61 per cent of people born in Australia. Sydney had the largest overseas-born population.

In 2016, there were over 300 separately identified languages spoken in Australian homes. More than one-fifth (21 per cent) of Australians spoke a language other than English at home. After English, the next most common languages spoken at home were Mandarin, Arabic, Cantonese, and Vietnamese. Tasmania had the highest rate of people speaking only English at home with 88 per cent, while the Northern Territory had the lowest rate at 58 per cent.

Meanwhile, the number of people identifying as being of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander origin is on the rise, increasing from 2.5 per cent of the Australian population in 2011 to 2.8 per cent (or almost 650,000 people) in 2016.

The latest Census data highlights that Australia is a religiously diverse nation, with Christianity remaining the most commonly reported religion (52.1 per cent of the population). The Islamic population with 2.6 per cent of the total population was the second largest religion, Buddhism (2.4 per cent), Hinduism (1.9 per cent), Sikhism (0.5 per cent) etc. The total non-Christian population is 8.2 per cent.

Of the Christian population Catholics (22.6 %), Anglicans (13.3 %) and other Christians are 16.3 per cent.

The Atheist Foundation of Australia told news.com.au it was time to stop pandering to religious minorities and to take religion out of politics.

AFA president Kylie Sturgess said political, business and cultural leaders needed to listen to the non-religious when it came to public policy that’s based on evidence, not religious beliefs.
“This includes policy on abortion, marriage equality, voluntary euthanasia, religious education in state schools and anything else where religious beliefs hold undue influence,” she said.

While the clear majority of Australians reported a religion, the ‘No Religion’ count increased to almost a third of the Australian population between 2011 and 2016 (22 per cent to 30 per cent). No religion was the most common individual response in the 2016 Census.

Australian Statistician David W. Kalisch said Census data is high quality, thanks to the participation of Australians.

“The Independent Assurance Panel I established to provide extra assurance and transparency of Census data quality concluded that the 2016 Census data can be used with confidence,” Mr Kalisch said.

“The 2016 Census had a response rate of 95.1 per cent and a net undercount of 1.0 per cent. This is a quality result, comparable to both previous Australian Censuses and Censuses in other countries, such as New Zealand, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

“Furthermore, 63 per cent of people completed the Census online, embracing the digital-first approach and contributing to faster data processing and data quality improvements.

“2016 Census data provides a detailed, accurate and fascinating picture of Australia, which will be used to inform critical policy, planning and service delivery decisions for our communities over the coming years,” he said.

Census data is available free online. Use one of our easy tools such as QuickStats and Community Profiles to access the latest data for your area or topic of interest.
For more information on Australia’s cultural and linguistic diversity, go to Reflecting Australia – Stories from the 2016 Census. You can also attend one of our free Seminars. To find out more about Census Data Seminar series, or to register, go to the ABS website.

Victorian govt. announces public consultation for Indian cultural precinct

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By SAT News Desk

Melbourne, 25 June: The Daniel Andrews government in Victoria has initiated public consultations by inviting individuals and organisations to three ‘public meetings’ to decide the location of the Indian Cultural Precinct for which it committed $ 500,000 at the last Diwali function at Federation Square.
Earlier, during the previous Coalition government Dandenong’s ‘Little India’ traders had agitated long against the Places Victoria policies which they said were destroying business and businesses in Little India (Foster Street, Dandenong). The agitation took a decisive turn with a massive Little India traders and community demonstration outside the Victorian Parliament. The well attended rally was addressed by many Labor leaders and the issue raised by Mr. Jude Pareira, Labor MP in the Parliament.
The Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Robin Scott, is inviting interested organisations and individuals to attend public meetings to discuss the possible location and ideas for the precinct.
“The public meetings are a unique opportunity to help shape a significant cultural precinct in Melbourne, says a media release from the office of Mr. Robin Scott.
Mr. Scott said, “We look forward to hearing from community members regarding their suggestions for the location of the cultural precinct. “
“The Indian Cultural Precinct will recognise the important contribution the Indian community makes to Victoria and will be a place to hold festivals, a hub to support business, a drawcard for tourism, and a meeting place for the entire community,” the Minister said.
The media release says the meetings will be held in the following locations:
- Dandenong Thursday 23 July, 6pm – 7.30pm (Committee Room, Drum Theatre, Corner of Lonsdale and Walker Streets, Dandenong)
- Werribee Monday 3 August, 6pm – 7.30pm (Wyndham Community and Education Centre, 3 Princess Highway, Werribee)
- Melbourne CBD Tuesday 4 August, 6pm – 7.30pm (Department of Premier and Cabinet, 1 MacArthur Place, East Melbourne)
Anyone interested in attending these meetings needs to email omac@dpc.vic.gov.au or call the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship on 9651 0628 before Tuesday 21 July if you would like to attend.
“Alternatively, written submissions can be made by emailing omac@dpc.vic.gov.au. Submissions are due by midnight Tuesday 4 August 2015,” the media release says.
For more information about the Indian Cultural Precinct one can also visit www.multicultural.vic.gov.au

- SAT News Service

India is Australia’s main migrant source

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By Neeraj Nanda

Melbourne, 19 June: India has emerged as the main source of migrants to Australia in 2013-14. Australia’s Migration Trends 2013–14 report released recently says almost 40,000 Indian nationals migrated to Australia in this period. In the same year almost 30,000 people born in India became Australian citizens.
A total of 207,900 migrants settled permanently in Australia from all countries in the same period.
The Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Peter Dutton said, in a media release, the report contains a wealth of information about the current trends in migration.
“The report provides a rich and valuable source of information on how immigration is shaping our nation,” Mr Dutton said.
Australia granted 290,000 student visas in 2013-14 – the highest number since the Global Financial Crises.
“This is proof Australia’s Student Visa Programme continues to remain strong and appealing to the overseas market and keeps its place as one of Australia’s major export earners,” Mr Dutton said.
The report provides insights on global economic trends. Tourist numbers from China increased by almost a quarter in 2013–14 reflecting its large and growing middle class
In 2013–14, the permanent Migration Programme delivered almost 128,600 places under the Skill stream and just over 61,000 places through the Family stream, says the media release from Mr. Peter Dutton’s office.
“Permanent migration remains a pillar of Australia’s migration programmes providing social and economic benefits through its skilled worker and family reunion programmes,” Mr Dutton said.
The report is available on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website: www.immi.gov.au.

- SAT News Service

Funding for Indian precinct in Melbourne

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By Neeraj Nanda

Melbourne, 5 May: The Andrews Labor government has allotted $ 11 million over four years to maintain or build community infrastructure and to enhance cultural precincts including establishing Victoria’s first Indian precinct.
Premier Daniel Andrews had made an election pledge at the last Diwali event at the Federation Square to build an Indian precinct and allotment of funds for the same in the budget is being seen as a first step towards it.
The already existing Little India precinct in Dandenong faced difficulties including the collapse of business as a consequence of Places Victoria’s redevelopment plans. Premier Daniel Andrews who was then the leader of opposition had visited Little India and taken stock of the position.
The Labor MP Jude Pereira also raised the issue in the Victorian Parliament. Later Little India traders held a rally outside Parliament demanding from the then Liberal government to save the livelihood of traders in Little India. The issue stirred the Indian and South Asian community to save the Little India precinct.
Victorian Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Robin Scott says, “Diversity is our asset, and we’re working with multicultural communities to make our society and our economy stronger.”
“The Andrews Labor Government is investing $74 million to bolster multicultural affairs and social cohesion as well as ensuring Victorians of all backgrounds feel at home.”
The 2015-16 Victorian Budget will provide $21 million over four years to promote social cohesion and community harmony. The dedicated organisations that sustain our diversity and cohesion must be commended and supported.
The 2015-2016 Budget includes funding for the Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria, a Vietnamese Dual Identity Leadership Program and the Australian Greek Welfare Society to assist migrant families across our state.
$13.2 million is provided to enhance community capacity and participation for people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, with specific initiatives to support newly arrived migrants and refugees as well as seniors, women and young people.
The Budget also includes $2 million for the Multicultural Access Program which assists people from a culturally diverse background to access services like Home and Community Care.
“Addressing family violence has been a key priority for the Andrews Labor Government. A commitment of $2 million over two years has been made to support women and children from culturally and linguistically diverse communities who are victims or vulnerable to family violence, says a media release from Robin Scott’s office.
The Budget will provide an additional $25 million to reinforce Victoria’s social cohesion and community resilience and to prevent radicalisation and extremism. This is an important step in keeping Victorian families safe and, in particular, supporting vulnerable members in our community from getting in harm’s way.

- SAT News Service.