The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) 2016 Census shows Queensland’s population grew in the five years between 2011 and 2016, and that Queensland became more culturally diverse during that time.
In 2016, Queensland spoke more than 180 overseas languages, held more than 110 religious beliefs and came from 195 countries and major geographical locations.
The Queensland Government values the cultural, social and economic rewards cultural diversity generates in Queensland and has compiled the Diversity Figures Snapshot and accompanying Diversity Figures report to illustrate the unique features of our diverse population.
Diversity Figures brings together core demographic and diversity data from the ABS 2016 Census of Population and Housing.
There are a number of social and cultural characteristics featured in the Diversity Figures including:
- country of birth of overseas born people in Queensland
- geographic distribution of Queensland’s diverse population
- language spoken other than English, and English proficiency
- religious affiliation of Queensland’s population
- ancestry of Queensland’s population
- education and employment characteristics.