According to the 2016 Census, within NSW:
Culturally diverse communities in NSW bring many benefits to our state. It is important that the views and concerns of all people are heard in the decision making processes and that all people have equal access to government services and opportunities to participate in public life.
Multicultural NSW recognises the importance of social cohesion and harmony and with that the vital role that community organisations play in supporting and strengthening all of our culturally diverse communities.
OUR NSW POPULATION*
NSW Population in 2016: 7,480,228
NSW Population in 2011: 6,917,601
An increase of 562,627 (8.1%)
NSW is home to 33.6% of Australia’s overseas-born population.
27.6% of the NSW population was born overseas (compared with 26.3% for total Australian population).
21% of the NSW population was from a non-English speaking background (compared with 17.9% for total Australian population).
People from around 225 birthplaces have made NSW their home.
Sydney had the largest overseas-born population of all the capital cities (1,773,496), followed by Melbourne (1,520,253) and Perth (702,545).
In NSW, we come from 307 ancestries, practice 146 religions and speak more than 215 languages.