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1-2. Demographic profile

1-2-1. People born overseas

1-2-2. Language spoken at home

1-2-3. Carers in the community

Sources

 

1-2-1. People born overseas

Almost a quarter (24.4%) of South Australians identified in the 2016 Census that they were born overseas. South Australia accounts for 6.2% of Australia’s total population born overseas. South Australia has a lower proportion of its population born overseas compared to the national average (28.3%), and is ranked fifth highest when compared to all states and territories. Proportionally, the largest group of South Australians born overseas are aged between 25 and 44 years at 27.9%.1

The 2016 Census found that 15.2% of South Australians were born in predominantly non-English speaking countries. This is lower than the national average of 19.3%.1

 

1-2-2. Language spoken at home

Around one in six (17.4%) South Australians speak a language other than English at home, according to the 2016 Census. Italian and Mandarin are the most common at 10.4% of the non-English languages spoken at home, followed by Greek at 8.2%. At the time of the 2016 Census, 2.2% of the South Australian population could not speak English well, or could not speak English at allpredominantly persons born overseas and aged 45 years or older.1

 

1-2-3. Carers in the community

Data for 2015 shows that there are an estimated 242,400 carers in South Australia, representing 14.7% of people of the population. A higher proportion of South Australian females are carers than males (15.8% and 13.6% respectively). South Australia has the fourth highest proportion of carers when compared to all states and territories.2

Of the 242,400 carers in South Australia, 74,800 (or 30.9%) are primary carers. Primary carers are those aged 15 years and over who identified themselves as providing the most informal assistance with core activities to a person with a disability or to a person aged 60 years and over. A higher proportion of females are primary carers compared to their male counterparts (6.3% and 2.9% of all persons, respectively).2


Sources

  1. Based on Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS 2017), 'General Community Profile', 2016 Census of Population and Housing, cat. no. 2001.0, viewed 9 August 2018.
  2. Based on Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS 2016), Data Cubes, 'Table 32.1 All persons, living in households, carer status, by age and sex–2015, estimate', Disability, Ageing and Carers, Australia: Summary of Findings, 2015, cat. no. 4430.0, viewed 24 August 2018.