The ABS said the data showed that Australia is a “rapidly changing, growing and culturally diverse nation”.
The 2021 census counted 25,422,788 people in Australia, not counting foreign visitors, and provides insights into areas such as cultural diversity, families and homes, and how the country changed during the pandemic.
Source: australiabusinessblog News
This is more than double the number counted 50 years ago, with the 1971 census covering 12,493,001 people.
Rising number of residents born abroad
From 2017 to 2021, more than a million people (1,020,07) arrived in Australia, increasing the proportion of first- or second-generation residents to 51.5 percent.
India becomes third largest country of birth
An additional 217,963 people born in India were counted in the 2021 Census.
The Census shows that Australia has welcomed more than a million people to Australia since 2017. The largest increase in homeland, outside of Australia, was India. Source: australiabusinessblog News
The second largest increase in homeland was Nepal, with an additional 67,752 people. According to the data, the population of Nepal-born Australian residents has more than doubled since 2016, increasing by 123.7 percent.
When it comes to ancestry, the top five reported followed previous trends, with English, Australian, Irish, Scottish and Chinese the top five most reported.
Long-term health problems admitted for the first time
Women were more likely to report a long-term health condition than men.
For the first time, the 2021 census includes information on the number of people with long-term health problems. Source: australiabusinessblog News
dr. Australian statistician David Gruen AO said the information would help provide a more detailed picture of Australians’ health.
“This is critical data to help make planning and service decisions about how treatment and care is provided to all Australians.”
Population of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander is increasing
That’s more than 649,200 (2.8 percent of the population) in 2016.
The most reported language groups spoken were the languages of Arnhem Land and Daly River Region, Torres Strait Island Languages, Western Desert Languages, Yolngu Matha and Arandic.
Christianity remains most popular religion despite 8% decline
While fewer people report their religion as Christian, more people report ‘no religion’, with 38.9 percent of the Australian population reporting no religion in the 2021 census, up from 30.1 percent in 2016 and 22.3. percent in 2011.
“Census religion data reveals a feature of Australia that has changed significantly over the past two decades.”
Source: australiabusinessblog News
Language diversity continues to grow
Mandarin remains the most common language, except for English used at home, followed by Arabic.
Census data collected information on more than 250 ancestors and 350 languages, said Dr. grub.
Decline in new migrants during the COVID-19 pandemic
In contrast, during the 2020 and 2021 pandemic years, arrivals fell to 165,000 people.
The Changing Face of Australian Families
The 2021 census counted more than 5.5 million families, of which 53 percent have children living with them and 47 percent do not.
In 2016, the Census saw an increase from nearly 140,000 over-55s caring for other people’s children to more than 825,000. In 2021, however, that figure fell by 50,000 to below 775,000.
Millennials overtake Boomers as largest generation group
In the 1966 census, nearly two in five people (38.5 percent) were baby boomers.
More people at home on census evening
With COVID-19 restrictions across the country on census night, 96 percent of people counted were at home rather than traveling.
The impact of COVID-19 restrictions and limits on travel abroad can also be seen, with a drop of more than 80 percent in the number of foreign visitors counted in the Census, from 315,531 in 2016 to 61,860 in 2021.
Response rate and fines
The response rate for housing was 96.1 percent, compared to 95.1 percent in 2016.
The 2021 census included data from 10,852,208 homes and 16 cases were referred to the CDPP. Source: australiabusinessblog News
The census is mandatory, and under the Census and Statistics Act, if someone refuses to participate in the Census, the Australian statistician may direct him or her to complete a form by formal written notice.
As of the 2021 census, 16 cases have been referred to the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions for consideration as people failed to comply with a Notice of Direction.