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Australia's Largest Multicultural Marketing Agency

Top Languages Spoken in Australia

4.9 million people in Australia speak a language other than English at home according to the 2016 Census. This is an increase of 1 million compared to the 2011 Census. The top six languages spoken in Australia are shown below. Search every language spoken in Australia.

Mandarin

Vietnamese

Arabic

Italian

Cantonese

Greek

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IDENTITY WINS 2019 PMCA FOR CAMPAIGN. ‘BREAKS STEREOTYPES’.

A campaign that discards the usual cultural clichés for a more authentic portrayal of an Asian-Australian family has won this year’s PMCA (NSW Premier’s Multicultural Communications Awards) in the Business Category. The campaign for SunRice, one of Australia’s most successful food brands, was awarded to SunRice and their multicultural marketing agency, IDENTITY Communications. 

The PMCAs is a national award that recognises best practice in multicultural marketing and media.

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One in three people in Sydney speak a language other than English at home.

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The top 6 languages (other than English) spoken in Sydney account for half of the non-English speaking population.

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Seven in 10 residents in the Fairfield local government area speak a language other than English.

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The number of Mandarin speakers in Australia increased by 77% between 2011 and 2016.

Top 10 Local Government Areas in NSW ranked by percentage of the population who speak a language other than English at home.

  • Fairfield 71% 71%
  • Cumberland 66% 66%
  • Strathfield 64% 64%
  • Burwood 64% 64%
  • Canterbury-Bankstown 60% 60%
  • Rockdale 56% 56%
  • Georges River 54% 54%
  • Parramatta 52% 52%
  • Liverpool 52% 52%
  • Ryde 48% 48%

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Traditional Chinese Vs Simplified Chinese: What’s The Difference?

This is one of the most common questions that clients ask us at IDENTITY Communications. We've put together a quick guide. China is already a major driver of world economic growth. Domestically, it's important too. Around 650,000 people in Australia speak a Chinese...

MLA CAMPAIGN WINS AT 2016 AMMAS – B&T Magazine Media Coverage

B&T Magazine, 7 December 2016 The winners of the 2016 Australian Multicultural Marketing Awards (AMMAs) were revealed at the Sydney Opera House last night, with the latest lamb campaign by Meat & Livestock Australia and independent agency The Monkeys receiving...

Why We Might Be Eating Dumplings For Australia Day In The Future

This year's Australia Day lamb ad from the folks at Meat and Livestock Australia pushed up a lot of people's blood pressure. Some were indignant that it tells us to eat lamb on Australia Day, without mentioning the words "Australia Day", while others objected to the...

IDENTITY Scores Two Awards At The 2016 AMMAS: Mumbrella Media Coverage

Meat & Livestock Australia’s diversity work wins at Multicultural Marketing Awards By Simon Canning, Mumbrella, 7 December 2016 Meat and Livestock Australia’s (MLA) controversial spring lamb ad which called on Australians to come together over lamb has won the...

Super Saturday Federal By-Election 2018 – Top Languages

IDENTITY Communications, the intelligent multicultural marketing agency takes a quick look at the cultural diversity in these electorates. July 28 is when voters in five federal electorates go to the polls in what's being billed as "Super Saturday". We're staying away...

Leading Chinese paper closes down

The Australian, 10 February 2020. By Heidi Han The largest and longest-running Chinese language newspaper in Australia, Sing Tao Daily went into liquidation on Thursday, ending its 38-year legacy and adding uncertainty to the diversity and independence of the Chinese-...

Should SBS Relocate To Parramatta?

“SBS should move to Parramatta. That should be their head office. They could clearly differentiate the organisation and go to the – as we know – absolute centre of Sydney, which is the centre of all sorts of ethnic groups.” With this statement, the chairman of FreeTV,...

Multicultural Festivals: How To Engage More Effectively

A bit of common sense and strategic thinking will go a long way... Multicultural marketers will have been here before. Their agencies recommend activations at cultural festivals to engage with potential customers. The most common cultural festivals recommended by...

SunRice breaks stereotypes with Chinese New Year campaign via Identity Communications

Campaign Brief, 4 February 2019 SunRice is celebrating Chinese New Year with a campaign via Identity Communications, Sydney, featuring an Asian-Australian family.   SunRice is launching a national campaign depicting a new-migrant experience - hosting their Australian...

Debunking The Myths Around Multicultural Australia

Over the years, so many “facts” have been casually dropped about Australia’s migrant population that are just wrong. Here’s a quick guide that might come in handy at the water cooler or BBQ stopper (with the help of the Australian Bureau of Statistics Census). All...