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2011 QuickStats Country of Birth

Census - all people - usual residents

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People in Australia who were born in Sri Lanka

Code 0 (AUST) by 7107 (BPLP)
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People 86,412
Male 44,119
Female 42,293
Australian citizen 63.7%
Not an Australian citizen 34.1%
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Families 34,969
Couples with children 21,386
Couples without children 10,803
One parent families 2,284
Other families 496
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All private dwellings 41,535
Median monthly mortgage repayment $2,167
Median weekly rent paid $310
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Expand People category,
includes demographics & education | cultural & language diversity | employment

People — demographics & education
People Born in Sri Lanka % All overseas born % Australian born % Total %
Total 86,412 -- 5,294,150 -- 15,017,846 -- 21,507,719 --
Male 44,119 51.1 2,593,757 49.0 7,412,598 49.4 10,634,013 49.4
Female 42,293 48.9 2,700,393 51.0 7,605,248 50.6 10,873,706 50.6

In the 2011 Census, there were 86,412 people in Australia who were born in Sri Lanka. Of these 51.1% were male and 48.9% were female.

Age Born in Sri Lanka % All overseas born % Australian born % Total %
People
0-14 years 6,270 7.3 321,002 6.1 3,640,297 24.2 4,144,025 19.3
15-24 years 7,831 9.1 509,371 9.6 2,205,772 14.7 2,866,475 13.3
25-34 years 17,977 20.8 877,998 16.6 1,912,001 12.7 2,967,018 13.8
35-44 years 16,938 19.6 869,316 16.4 2,028,894 13.5 3,063,014 14.2
45-54 years 15,963 18.5 911,673 17.2 1,878,549 12.5 2,951,545 13.7
55-64 years 11,429 13.2 800,149 15.1 1,565,325 10.4 2,503,360 11.6
65 years and over 10,004 11.6 1,004,641 19.0 1,787,005 11.9 3,012,282 14.0
 
Median age 41 -- 45 -- 33 -- 37 --

Of the population born in Sri Lanka who usually live in Australia, 7.3% were aged 0 - 14 years and 11.6% were aged 65 years and over. The median age of people in Australia who were born in Sri Lanka was 41 years.

Registered marital status Born in Sri Lanka % All overseas born % Australian born % Total %
People aged 15 years and over
Married 56,498 70.5 2,928,440 58.9 5,108,631 44.9 8,461,114 48.7
Separated 1,404 1.8 153,431 3.1 338,561 3.0 529,281 3.0
Divorced 2,999 3.7 408,625 8.2 950,506 8.4 1,460,899 8.4
Widowed 3,330 4.2 302,440 6.1 566,038 5.0 949,634 5.5
Never married 15,913 19.9 1,180,210 23.7 4,413,812 38.8 5,962,768 34.3

Of people in Australia aged 15 years and over who were born in Sri Lanka, 70.5% were married, 1.8% were separated, and 3.7% were divorced.

Marital Status Charts
Median age by registered marital status Born in Sri Lanka % All overseas born % Australian born % Total %
People aged 15 years and over
Married 45 -- 50 -- 50 -- 50 --
Separated 50 -- 50 -- 48 -- 49 --
Divorced 54 -- 55 -- 54 -- 54 --
Widowed 76 -- 77 -- 78 -- 78 --
Never married 25 -- 27 -- 25 -- 25 --

Of people who usually live in Australia and who were born in Sri Lanka the median age of married people was 45 years. Of people never married, the median age was 25 years.

Education Born in Sri Lanka % All overseas born % Australian born % Total %
Pre-school 508 0.6 21,003 0.4 309,313 2.1 332,843 1.5
Primary 3,375 3.9 167,232 3.2 1,575,657 10.5 1,755,208 8.2
Secondary 2,759 3.2 175,726 3.3 1,149,930 7.7 1,336,043 6.2
University or tertiary institution 7,016 8.1 310,820 5.9 615,500 4.1 932,526 4.3
Technical or further education 2,893 3.3 144,143 2.7 324,322 2.2 473,608 2.2
Other 1,009 1.2 67,731 1.3 92,172 0.6 161,660 0.8
Institution attended, type not stated 2,674 3.1 164,034 3.1 456,866 3.0 1,511,692 7.0
Not attending an educational institution 66,178 76.6 4,243,461 80.2 10,494,086 69.9 15,004,139 69.8
Total 86,412 -- 5,294,150 -- 15,017,846 -- 21,507,719 --

Of the population born in Sri Lanka who usually live in Australia, 23.4% were attending an educational institution. There were 3.9% in primary school, 3.2% in secondary school and 11.5% in a tertiary or technical institution.

Education Charts
People — cultural & language diversity
Year of arrival Born in Sri Lanka % All overseas born % Australian born % Total %
Before 1941 45 0.1 16,681 0.3 -- -- -- --
1941 - 1950 285 0.3 106,647 2.0 -- -- -- --
1951 - 1960 1,041 1.2 375,076 7.1 -- -- -- --
1961 - 1970 3,668 4.2 642,355 12.1 -- -- -- --
1971 - 1980 6,115 7.1 571,828 10.8 -- -- -- --
1981 - 1990 16,475 19.1 782,926 14.8 -- -- -- --
1991 - 2000 18,569 21.5 786,777 14.9 -- -- -- --
2001 - 2005 11,021 12.8 581,597 11.0 -- -- -- --
2006 - 2011 26,221 30.3 1,190,322 22.5 -- -- -- --
Born in Australia -- -- -- -- 15,017,842 -- -- --

In Australia of people who were born in Sri Lanka, 30.3% arrived in Australia from 2006 - 2011 and 12.8% from 2001 - 2005.

Citizenship Born in Sri Lanka % All overseas born % Australian born % Total %
Australian citizen 55,002 63.7 3,308,898 62.5 14,717,058 98.0 18,261,807 84.9
Not an Australian citizen 29,498 34.1 1,886,266 35.6 61,629 0.4 1,959,288 9.1

In Australia of people who were born in Sri Lanka, 63.7% were Australian citizens.

Birthplace of spouse or partner Born in Sri Lanka % All overseas born % Australian born % Total %
Spouse or partner born overseas 49,181 90.0 2,166,392 70.8 815,212 13.9 3,000,633 33.4
Spouse or partner born in Australia 4,436 8.1 815,212 26.6 4,893,731 83.3 5,724,579 63.8

In Australia of people who were born in Sri Lanka and had a spouse or partner, 90.0% had a spouse or partner who was born overseas and 8.1% had a spouse or partner born in Australia.

Religious affiliation, top responses Born in Sri Lanka % All overseas born % Australian born % Total %
Results may include 'nfd' for 'not further defined'

Religious Affiliation Charts
English language proficiency Born in Sri Lanka % All overseas born % Australian born % Total %
Speaks English only 23,111 26.7 2,475,678 46.8 13,801,996 91.9 16,509,291 76.8
 
Speaks other language and speaks English:
Very well or well 58,175 67.3 2,251,010 42.5 965,711 6.4 3,272,390 15.2
Not well or not at all 3,837 4.4 513,582 9.7 127,514 0.8 655,380 3.0

In Australia of people who were born in Sri Lanka, 26.7% spoke English only at home. A further 67.3% spoke another language but also spoke English very well or well.

People — employment
Employment Born in Sri Lanka % All overseas born % Australian born % Total %
Labour force, people aged 15 years and over
Worked full-time 36,327 63.6 1,815,912 60.9 4,481,393 59.4 6,367,554 59.7
Worked part-time 14,148 24.8 810,164 27.2 2,217,300 29.4 3,062,976 28.7
Away from work 2,741 4.8 163,025 5.5 452,103 6.0 627,797 5.9
Unemployed 3,913 6.8 192,530 6.5 398,931 5.3 600,133 5.6
Total in labour force 57,129 -- 2,981,631 -- 7,549,727 -- 10,658,460 --
 
People aged 15 years and over
Not in the labour force 21,987 27.4 1,908,619 38.4 3,687,284 32.4 5,729,306 33.0
 
View the labour force fact sheet

In Australia of people who were born in Sri Lanka and who were in the labour force, 63.6% worked full-time, 24.8% worked part-time and 6.8% were unemployed.

Employment - hours worked Born in Sri Lanka % All overseas born % Australian born % Total %
Labour force, people aged 15 years and over
1-15 hours per week 4,260 8.0 253,078 9.1 823,237 11.5 1,087,799 10.8
16-24 hours per week 5,029 9.4 277,755 10.0 658,858 9.2 947,792 9.4
25-34 hours per week 4,862 9.1 279,329 10.0 735,206 10.3 1,027,380 10.2
35-39 hours per week 13,912 26.1 569,314 20.4 1,218,448 17.0 1,808,879 18.0
40 hours or more per week 22,413 42.1 1,246,601 44.7 3,262,942 45.6 4,558,678 45.3

In Australia of people who were born in Sri Lanka and who were employed, 42.1% worked 40 hours or more per week and 26.1% worked 35-39 hours per week.

Median age by employment status Born in Sri Lanka % All overseas born % Australian born % Total %
Labour force, people aged 15 years and over
Employed full-time 43 -- 43 -- 40 -- 40 --
Employed part-time 38 -- 42 -- 39 -- 40 --

In Australia of people who were born in Sri Lanka the median age for those who were employed full-time was 43, while the median age for those employed part-time was 38.

Occupation, top responses Born in Sri Lanka % All overseas born % Australian born % Total %
Employed people aged 15 years and over

Occupation Chart
Industry of employment, top responses Born in Sri Lanka % All overseas born % Australian born % Total %
Employed people aged 15 years and over

Median weekly income Born in Sri Lanka % All overseas born % Australian born % Total %
People aged 15 years and over
Personal 686 -- 538 -- 597 -- 577 --
Family 1,754 -- 1,485 -- 1,492 -- 1,481 --
Household 1,675 -- 1,245 -- 1,194 -- 1,234 --
Family and Household are determined for the selected country of birth, 'All overseas born' and 'Australian born' by the Reference Person and/or their spouse/partner's response to country of birth. See explanatory notes for more information.
 
View the income fact sheet

In Australia of people who were born in Sri Lanka, the personal weekly median income was $686. Family median weekly income was $1,754 and Household median weekly income was $1,675.

Travel to work Born in Sri Lanka % All overseas born % Australian born % Total %
Employed people aged 15 years and over
Car 33,759 63.4 1,731,504 62.1 4,810,606 67.3 6,620,838 65.8
Bus or train 8,827 16.6 350,975 12.6 414,430 5.8 772,912 7.7
Other 4,956 9.3 332,981 11.9 701,390 9.8 1,045,825 10.4

In Australia 63.4% of employed people who were born in Sri Lanka, travelled to work on census day by car, while 16.6% travelled by bus or train.

Unpaid work Born in Sri Lanka % All overseas born % Australian born % Total %
People aged 15 years and over
Did unpaid domestic work (last week) 55,414 69.1 3,415,647 68.7 8,587,763 75.5 12,149,347 70.0
Cared for child/children (last two weeks) 23,370 29.2 1,373,956 27.6 3,396,260 29.9 4,827,808 27.8
Provided unpaid assistance to a person with a disability (last two weeks) 8,225 10.3 512,280 10.3 1,353,534 11.9 1,896,957 10.9
Did voluntary work through an organisation or group (last 12 months) 14,025 17.5 735,396 14.8 2,321,102 20.4 3,090,874 17.8

In Australia 69.1% of people who were born in Sri Lanka did unpaid domestic work in the week before the census, and 29.2% cared for a child or children in the two weeks before the census.

Unpaid domestic work, number of hours Born in Sri Lanka % All overseas born % Australian born % Total %
People aged 15 years and over
Less than 5 hours per week 15,936 19.9 1,045,756 21.0 2,795,136 24.6 3,883,357 22.4
5 to 14 hours per week 20,719 25.9 1,281,818 25.8 3,111,380 27.3 4,444,640 25.6
15 to 29 hours per week 9,650 12.0 596,319 12.0 1,452,979 12.8 2,075,154 12.0
30 hours or more per week 9,110 11.4 491,752 9.9 1,228,268 10.8 1,746,196 10.1

In Australia of people who were born in Sri Lanka and who did unpaid domestic work in the week before the census, 25.9% worked 5 to 14 hours, 12.0% worked 15 to 29 hours and 11.4% worked 30 hours or more.

Expand Families category,
includes family composition | weekly income | employment status of couple families

Families — family composition

For important information on how migrant families are classified, please see the explanatory notes

Family composition Born in Sri Lanka % All overseas born % Australian born % Total %
Couple family without children 10,803 30.9 909,186 39.9 1,204,689 36.4 2,150,301 37.8
Couple family with children 21,386 61.2 1,086,957 47.7 1,421,441 42.9 2,534,399 44.6
One parent family 2,284 6.5 253,606 11.1 623,185 18.8 901,637 15.9
Other family 496 1.4 30,804 1.4 64,275 1.9 97,722 1.7
 
Families with a child under 5 7,057 20.2 368,079 16.1 629,491 19.0 997,568 17.6
Families with a child aged 0-15 years 16,111 46.1 847,725 37.2 1,401,334 42.3 2,249,060 39.6

These statistics are for families in Australia. They are for families where the reference person was born in Sri Lanka and also include households where the reference person was born in Australia, or did not state their country of birth, but had a partner or spouse who was born in Sri Lanka. Of these families, 61.2% were couple families with children, 30.9% were couple families without children and 6.5% were one parent families.

Family Charts
Families — weekly income
Median family income, couple families with two incomes Born in Sri Lanka % All overseas born % Australian born % Total %
Families without children 2,126 -- 2,104 -- 2,072 -- 2,081 --
Families with children 2,403 -- 2,360 -- 2,283 -- 2,310 --
 
View the income fact sheet

These statistics are for families in Australia. They are for families where the reference person was born in Sri Lanka and also include households where the reference person was born in Australia, or did not state their country of birth, but had a partner or spouse who was born in Sri Lanka. Of these families, the median weekly income for families without children was $2,126 and for families with children the median weekly income was $2,403.

Families — employment status of couple families
Employment status of parents in couple families Born in Sri Lanka % All overseas born % Australian born % Total %
Labour force, people aged 15 years and over
Both employed, worked full-time 8,735 27.1 424,216 21.3 583,765 22.2 1,015,165 21.7
Both employed, worked part-time 1,262 3.9 78,786 3.9 94,329 3.6 174,795 3.7
One employed full-time, one part-time 6,204 19.3 366,187 18.3 628,451 23.9 1,001,907 21.4
One employed full-time, other not working 7,184 22.3 351,617 17.6 378,600 14.4 736,322 15.7
One employed part-time, other not working 1,822 5.7 123,282 6.2 125,270 4.8 251,191 5.4
Both not working 3,634 11.3 428,908 21.5 451,465 17.2 899,598 19.2
Other 1,869 5.8 114,131 5.7 173,546 6.6 291,196 6.2
Labour force status not stated 1,478 4.6 109,016 5.5 190,703 7.3 314,529 6.7

These statistics are for families in Australia. They are for families where the reference person was born in Sri Lanka and also include households where the reference person was born in Australia, or did not state their country of birth, but had a partner or spouse who was born in Sri Lanka. Of these families, 27.1% of families had both parents working full-time, 19.3% of families had one parent working full-time and one parent working part-time, and 11.3% of families stated that both parents were not working.

Expand Dwellings category,
includes dwelling structure | mortgage & rent | household composition

Dwellings — dwelling structure

Dwelling tables exclude visitor only and other non-classifiable households

For important information on how migrant households are classified, please see the explanatory notes

Dwelling structure People born in Sri Lanka % All birthplace responses % Total %
Occupied private dwellings
Separate house 28,929 69.6 5,773,803 75.7 5,864,574 75.6
Semi-detached, row or terrace house, townhouse etc 4,917 11.8 749,880 9.8 765,980 9.9
Flat, unit or apartment 7,576 18.2 1,033,848 13.6 1,056,237 13.6
Other dwelling 79 0.2 63,820 0.8 66,666 0.9

These statistics are for occupied private dwellings in Australia. For the dwellings that were occupied on census night by a person or persons who were born in Sri Lanka, 69.6% were a separate house, 18.2% were a flat, unit or apartment, and 11.8% were a semi-detached, row or terrace house, townhouse etc.

Dwelling Structure Charts
Number of bedrooms People born in Sri Lanka % All birthplace responses % Total %
Occupied private dwellings
None (includes bedsitters) 213 0.5 40,817 0.5 42,160 0.5
1 bedroom 1,806 4.3 353,399 4.6 363,129 4.7
2 bedrooms 7,697 18.5 1,452,173 19.0 1,481,577 19.1
3 bedrooms 15,452 37.2 3,331,683 43.7 3,379,930 43.6
4 or more bedrooms 15,853 38.2 2,332,594 30.6 2,350,132 30.3
Number of bedrooms not stated 514 1.2 117,401 1.5 143,394 1.8

These statistics are for occupied private dwellings in Australia. For the dwellings that were occupied on census night by a person or persons who were born in Sri Lanka, 18.5% had two bedrooms, 37.2% had three bedrooms and 38.2% had four or more bedrooms.

Bedroom Charts
Dwellings — mortgage & rent
Mortgage and rent People born in Sri Lanka % All birthplace responses % Total %
Occupied private dwellings
Owned outright 7,740 18.6 2,440,739 32.0 2,488,149 32.1
Owned with a mortgage 19,277 46.4 2,691,967 35.3 2,709,433 34.9
Rented 13,595 32.7 2,265,310 29.7 2,297,458 29.6
Other tenure type 205 0.5 68,118 0.9 70,069 0.9
Tenure type not stated 718 1.7 161,933 2.1 195,213 2.5
 
Median monthly mortgage repayment 2,167 -- 1,800 -- 1,800 --
Median weekly rent paid 310 -- 286 -- 285 --

These statistics are for occupied private dwellings in Australia. For the dwellings that were occupied on census night by a person or persons who were born in Sri Lanka, 18.6% were owned outright, 46.4% were owned with a mortgage and 32.7% were rented. The median monthly mortgage repayment was $2,167 and the median weekly rent paid was $310.

Dwellings — household composition
Household composition People born in Sri Lanka % All birthplace responses % Total %
One family households 33,308 80.8 5,365,562 70.3 5,422,469 69.9
Multiple family households 1,148 2.8 127,500 1.7 128,147 1.7
Single (or lone) person households 4,634 11.2 1,818,070 23.8 1,888,697 24.3
Group households 2,117 5.1 316,935 4.2 321,006 4.1

All occupants of a private dwelling complete one census form and are counted as a household. 'People born in Sri Lanka' includes households in Australia where at least one person was born in Sri Lanka. Of those households, 80.8% were one family households and 11.2% were lone person households.

LATEST ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (AEST) 28/03/2013

Some values may have been adjusted to avoid release of confidential data. This may have a significant impact on the calculated percentages.

The information contained in this QuickStat has been produced by the Australian Bureau of Statistics | It contains data from the 2011 Census of Population & Housing held on 9 August 2011 | Release date of this QuickStat was 28 March 2013 | Some values may have been adjusted to avoid release of confidential data | These adjustments may have a significant impact on the calculated percentages in QuickStats | For more information refer to Introduced Random Error in the 2011 Census Dictionary. For further enquiries contact the ABS National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 | www.abs.gov.au/census

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