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Cultural diversity profile

Key statistics

These key statistics relate to the 2011 Census in Gold Coast city for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) residents.

Country of birth

The Gold Coast population is extremely diverse with 27.9 per cent of residents born overseas. This is a higher proportion than Queensland (20.5 per cent) and Australia (24.62 per cent). Close to one per cent identify with an Indigenous heritage.

10.4 per cent of Gold Coast residents come from countries where English is not the first language. Between 2006 and 2011, the number of residents born overseas increased by 28,274 or 25.8 per cent, and the number of residents from a non-English speaking background increased by 10,693 or 26.1 per cent.

The largest changes in birthplace countries of the Gold Coast population between 2006 and 2011 were for those born in New Zealand (with an additional 10,124 persons). In 2011, after Australia, New Zealand was the highest stated country of birth (8.6 per cent), higher than Queensland (4.4 per cent) and Australia (2.2 per cent).

Language

10.2 per cent of Gold Coast residents speak a language other than English at home, compared to 9.8 per cent in Queensland as a whole.

After English, the most frequently spoken language is Japanese, followed by Mandarin, Korean, Cantonese, Italian, German and Spanish.

Further information

Council delivers strategies and programs to assist the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) community and promote multiculturalism through a partnership with the Queensland Government via Multicultural Affairs Queensland (MAQ), in particular the Local Area Multicultural Partnership (LAMP) program.

If you require further information, please contact City of Gold Coast by telephone (07) 5581 6449 or email socialresearch@goldcoast.qld.gov.au.

Key information