New South Wales
Year of arrival
1,778,452 people who were living in New South Wales in 2011 were born overseas, of which 19.2% arrived in Australia within 5 years prior to 2011.
The Year of Arrival data records when the overseas born population arrived in Australia. The data shows the degree to which areas are 'ports' for new overseas arrivals and reveals the role of the New South Wales in housing the overseas-born. The number of recent overseas arrivals in an area is often determined by housing affordability, employment opportunities and pre-existing communities located in the area.
Derived from the Census question:
'In what year did the person first arrive in Australia to live here for one year or more?'
NSW overseas born population
|Year of arrival|
|New South Wales - Total persons||2011|
|Year of arrival in Australia||Number||New South Wales %||Australia %|
|2006 to 9 Aug 2011||341,478||19.2||21.7||401|
|2001 to 2005||202,212||11.4||11.1||402|
|1991 to 2000 (10 year period)||318,648||17.9||15.6||403|
|1981 to 1990 (10 year period)||293,695||16.5||15.2||404|
|1971 to 1980 (10 year period)||202,372||11.4||10.9||405|
|1961 to 1970 (10 year period)||195,516||11.0||11.8||406|
|Arrived in 1960 or earlier||147,886||8.3||9.1||407|
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing (opens a new window) 2006 and 2011. Compiled and presented by .id (opens a new window), the population experts.
(Usual residence data)
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Analysis of the year of arrival data for the New South Wales overseas born population compared to the Australian total population shows that in 2011 there was a larger proportion of people who arrived before 2001, and a smaller proportion of recent overseas arrivals (those who arrived between 2006 and 2011).
Overall, 65.1% of the New South Wales overseas born population arrived before 2001, and 19.2% arrived during or after 2006, compared with 62.8% and 21.7% respectively for the Australian total population.
The major differences in year of arrival data between the New South Wales population and the Australian total population are:
- A larger percentage of arrivals between 1991 to 2000 (10 year period) (17.9% compared to 15.6%)
- A larger percentage of arrivals between 1981 to 1990 (10 year period) (16.5% compared to 15.2%)
- A smaller percentage of arrivals between 2006 to 9 Aug 2011 (19.2% compared to 21.7%)
- A smaller percentage of arrivals between 1961 to 1970 (10 year period) (11.0% compared to 11.8%)