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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.

The New South Wales's Year of Arrival data, when used with Birthplace, Religion and Language Spoken at Home data, is a good indicator of the likely need for services in migrant communities.

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 persons2011
Year of arrival in AustraliaNumberNew South Wales %Australia %
2006 to 9 Aug 2011341,47819.221.7
2001 to 2005202,21211.411.1
1991 to 2000 (10 year period)318,64817.915.6
1981 to 1990 (10 year period)293,69516.515.2
1971 to 1980 (10 year period)202,37211.410.9
1961 to 1970 (10 year period)195,51611.011.8
Arrived in 1960 or earlier147,8868.39.1
Not stated76,6454.34.5

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2006 and 2011. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Overseas arrivals, 2011
Overseas arrivals, 2011 Arrived in 1960 or earlier, Total Australia population: 9.1% 1961 to 1970, Total Australia population: 11.8% 1971 to 1980, Total Australia population: 10.9% 1981 to 1990, Total Australia population: 15.2% 1991 to 2000, Total Australia population: 15.6% 2001 to 2005, Total Australia population: 11.1% 2006 to 9 Aug 2011, Total Australia population: 21.7% Arrived in 1960 or earlier, New South Wales: 8.3% 1961 to 1970, New South Wales: 11.0% 1971 to 1980, New South Wales: 11.4% 1981 to 1990, New South Wales: 16.5% 1991 to 2000, New South Wales: 17.9% 2001 to 2005, New South Wales: 11.4% 2006 to 9 Aug 2011, New South Wales: 19.2%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

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%)