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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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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...

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...

Using WeChat to reach Chinese consumers in Australia

How to reach Chinese audience in Australia with WeChat Are you interested in Marketing to Chinese consumers? Nolan Yu, a former PR ninja in Shanghai, now a media warrior in Sydney, writes this guest post about WeChat, the Chinese social platform that 'rules them all'....

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,...

New Year Fun Continues…

Just when you thought the new year fun was over... Well it's not. Some you you might have heard of Songkran in Thailand. If you haven't then you really, really should look at the video below. It's too fun for words. What's Songkran? Songkran is a three day festival...

Why I Don’t Label People ‘Racists’

In 1977, we were the first wave of Vietnamese to hit suburban Sydney. My hair was the first thing the kids at school noticed. Thick, wiry, unencumbered by products, my plume fanned out like a black lacquered miso bowl turned upside down. It was a source of tactile...

Reducing This One Factor Of Voting Could Lead To A Different Prime Minister

Informal votes should not be a third force in Australian politics - but they could change the result of the election on July 2. The last federal election in 2013 should have been the most engaged in Australian history - with a cast of Game of Thrones proportions. Full...

How To Engage A Multicultural Audience Through BTL Activities?

Think more than just advertising when you're planning a multicultural marketing campaign, writes Brenda Leung, IDENTITY's Insights Manager.  Below The Line (BTL) activities should be part of an integrated communication strategy, complementing Above The Line (ATL)...

5 Trends That Will Change Multicultural Marketing In Australia Forever

IDENTITY Communications are predicting the multicultural marketing industry in Australia will change dramatically in 2017.  Here's why. We're not talking about terminology and semantics which have changed over time such as NESB (non-English speaking background)...

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...