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Sri Lanka-born Migrants do well in Australia Featured

Sunday, 23 March 2014 00:00 Written by  Published in Migration Property n Law
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Geographic Distribution

The latest Census in 2011 recorded 86 413 Sri Lanka-born people in Australia, an increase of 38.8 per cent from the 2006 Census.



The main languages spoken at home by Sri Lanka-born people in Australia were Sinhalese (40 926), English (23 112) and Tamil (19 854).
Of the 63 301 Sri Lanka-born who spoke a language other than English at home, 91.9 per cent spoke English very well or well, and 6.1 per cent spoke English not well or not at all.


Median Income

At the time of the 2011 Census, the median individual weekly income for the Sri Lanka-born in Australia aged 15 years and over was $686, compared with $538 for all overseas-born and $597 for all Australia-born. The total Australian population had a median individual weekly income of $577



At the 2011 Census, 70.6 per cent of the Sri Lanka-born aged 15 years and over had some form of higher non-school qualifications compared to 55.9 per cent of the Australian population.


Of the Sri Lanka-born aged 15 years and over, 7.3 per cent were still attending an educational institution. The corresponding rate for the total Australian population was 8.6 per cent. 


Among Sri Lanka-born people aged 15 years and over, the participation rate in the labour force was 72.2 per cent and the unemployment rate was 6.9 per cent. The corresponding rates in the total Australian population were 65 per cent and 5.6 per cent respectively.
Of the 53 217 Sri Lanka-born who were employed, 51.3 per cent were employed in either a skilled managerial, professional or trade occupation. The corresponding rate in the total Australian population was 48.4 per cent.

 Comm & Per Wrks = Community & Personal Service Workers

Produced by Community Relations Section of DIAC
All data used in this summary is sourced from the Australian Bureau of Statistics Census of Population and Housing.
Sources for the Historical Background available at

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Last modified on Thursday, 18 December 2014 17:00
Ashad Perera

Migration Consultant
Australian Migration for U