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

IDENTITY WINS 2016 AMMAS FOR INCLUSIVE LAMB CAMPAIGN

A campaign calling on Australians to come together over lamb was awarded two AMMAs, winning the Communications category as well as scoring the People’s Choice. The Meat and Livestock (MLA) campaign was the collaborative effort between UM, The Monkeys, One Green Bean and IDENTITY.

The AMMAs (Australian Multicultural Marketing Awards) is a national award that recognises best practice in multicultural marketing.

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Top Languages Spoken in Victoria

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Sydney Water Appoints Identity Communications To Help It Connect With Multicultural Audiences

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How To Engage A Multicultural Audience Through BTL Activities?

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How Lunar New Year Became A Commercial Event In The West

This article by Thang Ngo was first published on SBS World News. Major Western companies - from the big banks and supermarket chains, to department stores and luxury cosmetic brands - are splashing out on Lunar New Year campaigns. And the budgets are only going to get...
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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...
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5 Trends That Will Change Multicultural Marketing In Australia Forever

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