Indian Population in Australia Update

As per latest data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), the Indian population in Australia has grown significantly in the last two years.

ABS data estimates that there are 592,000 Indians living in Australia as of June 2018. This is a 30 per cent increase compared to 2016 ABS Census figures which recorded 455,389 Indians living in Australia.

India moved into third place of Australia’s total migrant population overtaking the number of New Zealand migrants and moving New Zealand to fourth place.

India accounts for 2.4% of the Australian population and the median age of an Indian migrant is revealed to be 34 years, the same as those born in Australia.

There were 162,417 Permanent Residence Visas granted in 2017-18 by the Department of Home Affairs. About 33,310 out of these were granted to Indians.

In 2016-17, 38,854 out of 183,608 Permanent Resident visas were granted to Indians.

The number of Indian students studying in Australia reached a seven-year high in 2018. According to November 2017 figures, close to 70,000 students were studying in Australian universities and colleges.

ABS identify the Australian population by country of birth for 2018 as follows:

Country of birth Total number Percentage (proportion of total population in Australia)
England 992,000 4.0%
China 651,000 2.6%
India 592,000 2.4%
New Zealand 568,000 2.3%
Philippines 278,000 1.1%
Vietnam 256,000 1.0%
South Africa 189,000 0.8%
Italy 187,000 0.7%
Malaysia 174,000 0.7%
Scotland 135,000 0.5%
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