The 2021 Census counted 25,422,788 people in Australia, excluding overseas visitors, and provides insight on areas including cultural diversity, families and homes, and how the country changed during the pandemic. This is more than double the number counted 50 years ago, with the 1971 Census covering 12,493,001 people.

Australia has one of the highest amounts of foreign-born residents in the world (both in total numbers, and per capita), as well as one of the highest immigration rates in the world. Immigrants account for 30% of the population, the highest proportion among major Western nations.

Migrants have contributed to the development and expansion of small businesses, which are the cornerstone for the Australian economy. They have contributed to the development of technology bringing to the country cutting edge technology in particular from Asia and Eastern Europe.

The 2021 Census counted nearly 25.5 million people in Australia and provides insight across a range of areas including cultural diversity, families and homes, and how the country changed during the pandemic.

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More than half of all Australians are first or second-generation migrants, figures from the census have shown. The results of the 2021 Census, showed 48.2 per cent of Australians have a parent born overseas, and 27.6 per cent were born outside Australia.

From 2017 to 2021, over one million people (1,020,007) arrived in Australia, contributing to the proportion of residents who are either first or second-generation increasing to 51.5 per cent.

References

https://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/census-2021-almost-half-of-australians-had-a-parent-born-overseas/5r9mi7esi

https://www.abs.gov.au/statistics/people/population/migration-australia/latest-release#:~:text=In%202020%2C%20there%20were%20over,in%20Australia’s%20population%20in%202020.

https://www.aph.gov.au/parliamentary_business/committees/house_of_representatives_committees?url=mig/multiculturalism/subs/sub111.pdf