Cultural diversity in Hobsons Bay

Cultural diversity in Hobsons Bay

According to Census 2011, Hobsons Bay has 25,840 (31%) residents who were born overseas, an increase of 2,180 (1.8%) since 2006. 23% of residents come from a non-English speaking countries.

5,388 (21%) of all overseas born residents arrived in Australia between 2006 and 2011.

The largest increases in birthplace countries of the population were for those born in:

  • India (+1,639 persons)
  • China (+313 persons)
  • Burma (Myanmar) (+190 persons)
  • Thailand (+162)

Country of Birth

Number

%

United Kingdom

3,803

4.5

India

2,333     

2.8

Italy

1,648

2.0

New Zealand

1,624

1.9

Vietnam

1,333

1.6

Malta

1,304

1.6

Greece

1,181

1.4

Phillipines

981

1.2

Lebanon

966

1.2

China

859

1.0

Serbia/Montenegro/Former Yugoslavia

789

0.9

Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia  758  0.9

Croatia

600

0.7

Germany

505

0.6

Burma (Myanmar)

359

0.4

Ireland

349

0.4

Poland

337

0.4

Thailand

278 0.3

South Africa

266 0.3

United States of America

262 0.3

Total Overseas Born

25,840

31%

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics 2011 Census (usual residence data)

Hobsons Bay City Council Census 2011

Change

English proficiency

 

 Language spoken (excludes English)

 Number

 %

2006 to 2011

Very Well and Well %

Not Well and Not at All % 

1

 Arabic

 3,026

3.6

+44

83.5

15.5

2

 Italian

 2,734

3.3

-296

81.5

17.1

3

 Greek

 2,545

3.0

-59

78.5

20.9

4

 Vietnamese

 1,637

2.0

-138

67.8

30.6

5

 Maltese

 1,344

1.6

-193

87.9

10.3

6

 Macedonian

 1,171

1.4

-102

78.2

20.9

7

 Cantonese

 909

1.1

+12

69

30.4

8

 Punjabi

 909

1.1

+779

92.7

5.6

9

 Mandarin

 859

1.0

+357

73.3

26.7

10

 Filipino/Tagalog

 815

1.0

-98

94.2

3.9

11

 Croatian

 770

0.9

-84 84.3

14.7

12

 Serbian

 650

0.8

-56

80.3

19.1

13

 Hindi

 610

0.7

+399

93

4.4

14

 Spanish

 499

0.6

+47

83.5

15.7

15

 Polish

 405

0.5

-64

82.4

17.6

16

 German

 391

0.5

+41

94.8

4.1

17

 Karen

 338

0.4         

+263

35.5

63

Challenges

The Council recognises that there are many challenges ahead and through the Multicultural Policy 2012-2015, is prepared to respond to them. Our existing CALD communities are ageing, whilst the municipality is welcoming newly arrived residents from different parts of the world. Priority issues that the Council has identified include:

  • Aged care (for more established CALD communities)
  • Settlement support for new arrivals
  • Communication and language
  • Awareness and intercultural dialogue
  • Safety and policing issues
  • Employment
  • Housing
  • Transport

The Multicultural Policy 2012-2015 builds on the considerable work already undertaken, some of which has received formal recognition through awards. It will guide the Council’s commitment to provide fair and equitable access to services and information for all residents, regardless of their cultural, religious or linguistic background.

For more information, please contact the Council’s Community Development Officer, Multicultural on 9932 1095.

 

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