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The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) 2011 Census shows Queensland’s population grew in the five years between 2006 and 2011, and that migrants have had a major role in this growth. There is continuing growth in cultural diversity across Queensland, including a notable growth in South East Queensland.

Queensland is an increasingly multicultural society being home to people who speak more than 220 languages, hold more than 100 religious beliefs and come from more than 220 countries.

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. These publications were produced prior to the current government.

Diversity Figures brings together core demographic and diversity data from the ABS 2011 Census of Population and Housing and data on migration patterns, including humanitarian arrivals, from the Commonwealth Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC).

There are a number of social and cultural characteristics featured in the Diversity Figures including:

  • the country of birth of overseas born people in Queensland
  • the ancestry of Queensland’s population
  • the religious affiliation of Queensland’s population
  • language spoken other than English
  • migration patterns (permanent and temporary)
  • the demographic distribution of Queensland’s diverse population.

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Related publication

The People of Queensland - Statistics from the 2011 Census