2011 QuickStats Country of Birth

Census - all people - usual residents

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People in Australia who were born in Vietnam

Code 0 (AUST) by 5105 (BPLP)
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People 185,039
Male 84,807
Female 100,232
Australian citizen 81.8%
Not an Australian citizen 15.9%
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Families 82,308
Couples with children 47,462
Couples without children 16,139
One parent families 16,907
Other families 1,800
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All private dwellings 91,122
Median monthly mortgage repayment $1,733
Median weekly rent paid $250
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Expand People category,
includes demographics & education | cultural & language diversity | employment

People — demographics & education
People Born in Vietnam % All overseas born % Australian born % Total %
Total 185,039 -- 5,294,150 -- 15,017,846 -- 21,507,719 --
Male 84,807 45.8 2,593,757 49.0 7,412,598 49.4 10,634,013 49.4
Female 100,232 54.2 2,700,393 51.0 7,605,248 50.6 10,873,706 50.6

In the 2011 Census, there were 185,039 people in Australia who were born in Vietnam. Of these 45.8% were male and 54.2% were female.

Age Born in Vietnam % All overseas born % Australian born % Total %
People
0-14 years 4,448 2.4 321,002 6.1 3,640,297 24.2 4,144,025 19.3
15-24 years 13,901 7.5 509,371 9.6 2,205,772 14.7 2,866,475 13.3
25-34 years 33,870 18.3 877,998 16.6 1,912,001 12.7 2,967,018 13.8
35-44 years 47,382 25.6 869,316 16.4 2,028,894 13.5 3,063,014 14.2
45-54 years 43,984 23.8 911,673 17.2 1,878,549 12.5 2,951,545 13.7
55-64 years 26,202 14.2 800,149 15.1 1,565,325 10.4 2,503,360 11.6
65 years and over 15,252 8.2 1,004,641 19.0 1,787,005 11.9 3,012,282 14.0
 
Median age 43 -- 45 -- 33 -- 37 --

Of the population born in Vietnam who usually live in Australia, 2.4% were aged 0 - 14 years and 8.2% were aged 65 years and over. The median age of people in Australia who were born in Vietnam was 43 years.

Registered marital status Born in Vietnam % All overseas born % Australian born % Total %
People aged 15 years and over
Married 107,738 59.7 2,928,440 58.9 5,108,631 44.9 8,461,114 48.7
Separated 7,439 4.1 153,431 3.1 338,561 3.0 529,281 3.0
Divorced 18,786 10.4 408,625 8.2 950,506 8.4 1,460,899 8.4
Widowed 6,766 3.7 302,440 6.1 566,038 5.0 949,634 5.5
Never married 39,858 22.1 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 Vietnam, 59.7% were married, 4.1% were separated, and 10.4% were divorced.

Marital Status Charts
Median age by registered marital status Born in Vietnam % All overseas born % Australian born % Total %
People aged 15 years and over
Married 46 -- 50 -- 50 -- 50 --
Separated 46 -- 50 -- 48 -- 49 --
Divorced 47 -- 55 -- 54 -- 54 --
Widowed 70 -- 77 -- 78 -- 78 --
Never married 31 -- 27 -- 25 -- 25 --

Of people who usually live in Australia and who were born in Vietnam the median age of married people was 46 years. Of people never married, the median age was 31 years.

Education Born in Vietnam % All overseas born % Australian born % Total %
Pre-school 280 0.2 21,003 0.4 309,313 2.1 332,843 1.5
Primary 1,873 1.0 167,232 3.2 1,575,657 10.5 1,755,208 8.2
Secondary 3,838 2.1 175,726 3.3 1,149,930 7.7 1,336,043 6.2
University or tertiary institution 8,987 4.9 310,820 5.9 615,500 4.1 932,526 4.3
Technical or further education 6,746 3.6 144,143 2.7 324,322 2.2 473,608 2.2
Other 3,272 1.8 67,731 1.3 92,172 0.6 161,660 0.8
Institution attended, type not stated 5,931 3.2 164,034 3.1 456,866 3.0 1,511,692 7.0
Not attending an educational institution 154,112 83.3 4,243,461 80.2 10,494,086 69.9 15,004,139 69.8
Total 185,039 -- 5,294,150 -- 15,017,846 -- 21,507,719 --

Of the population born in Vietnam who usually live in Australia, 16.7% were attending an educational institution. There were 1.0% in primary school, 2.1% in secondary school and 8.5% in a tertiary or technical institution.

Education Charts
People — cultural & language diversity
Year of arrival Born in Vietnam % All overseas born % Australian born % Total %
Before 1941 14 0.0 16,681 0.3 -- -- -- --
1941 - 1950 32 0.0 106,647 2.0 -- -- -- --
1951 - 1960 95 0.1 375,076 7.1 -- -- -- --
1961 - 1970 386 0.2 642,355 12.1 -- -- -- --
1971 - 1980 28,950 15.6 571,828 10.8 -- -- -- --
1981 - 1990 68,012 36.8 782,926 14.8 -- -- -- --
1991 - 2000 40,417 21.8 786,777 14.9 -- -- -- --
2001 - 2005 11,269 6.1 581,597 11.0 -- -- -- --
2006 - 2011 25,663 13.9 1,190,322 22.5 -- -- -- --
Born in Australia -- -- -- -- 15,017,842 -- -- --

In Australia of people who were born in Vietnam, 13.9% arrived in Australia from 2006 - 2011 and 6.1% from 2001 - 2005.

Citizenship Born in Vietnam % All overseas born % Australian born % Total %
Australian citizen 151,350 81.8 3,308,898 62.5 14,717,058 98.0 18,261,807 84.9
Not an Australian citizen 29,491 15.9 1,886,266 35.6 61,629 0.4 1,959,288 9.1

In Australia of people who were born in Vietnam, 81.8% were Australian citizens.

Birthplace of spouse or partner Born in Vietnam % All overseas born % Australian born % Total %
Spouse or partner born overseas 100,724 93.0 2,166,392 70.8 815,212 13.9 3,000,633 33.4
Spouse or partner born in Australia 5,917 5.5 815,212 26.6 4,893,731 83.3 5,724,579 63.8

In Australia of people who were born in Vietnam and had a spouse or partner, 93.0% had a spouse or partner who was born overseas and 5.5% had a spouse or partner born in Australia.

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

Religious Affiliation Charts
English language proficiency Born in Vietnam % All overseas born % Australian born % Total %
Speaks English only 5,971 3.2 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 101,209 54.7 2,251,010 42.5 965,711 6.4 3,272,390 15.2
Not well or not at all 75,470 40.8 513,582 9.7 127,514 0.8 655,380 3.0

In Australia of people who were born in Vietnam, 3.2% spoke English only at home. A further 54.7% spoke another language but also spoke English very well or well.

People — employment
Employment Born in Vietnam % All overseas born % Australian born % Total %
Labour force, people aged 15 years and over
Worked full-time 65,261 60.3 1,815,912 60.9 4,481,393 59.4 6,367,554 59.7
Worked part-time 26,272 24.3 810,164 27.2 2,217,300 29.4 3,062,976 28.7
Away from work 5,971 5.5 163,025 5.5 452,103 6.0 627,797 5.9
Unemployed 10,746 9.9 192,530 6.5 398,931 5.3 600,133 5.6
Total in labour force 108,250 -- 2,981,631 -- 7,549,727 -- 10,658,460 --
 
People aged 15 years and over
Not in the labour force 69,136 38.3 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 Vietnam and who were in the labour force, 60.3% worked full-time, 24.3% worked part-time and 9.9% were unemployed.

Employment - hours worked Born in Vietnam % All overseas born % Australian born % Total %
Labour force, people aged 15 years and over
1-15 hours per week 9,579 9.8 253,078 9.1 823,237 11.5 1,087,799 10.8
16-24 hours per week 8,445 8.7 277,755 10.0 658,858 9.2 947,792 9.4
25-34 hours per week 8,248 8.5 279,329 10.0 735,206 10.3 1,027,380 10.2
35-39 hours per week 27,134 27.8 569,314 20.4 1,218,448 17.0 1,808,879 18.0
40 hours or more per week 38,123 39.1 1,246,601 44.7 3,262,942 45.6 4,558,678 45.3

In Australia of people who were born in Vietnam and who were employed, 39.1% worked 40 hours or more per week and 27.8% worked 35-39 hours per week.

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

In Australia of people who were born in Vietnam the median age for those who were employed full-time was 42, while the median age for those employed part-time was 40.

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

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

Median weekly income Born in Vietnam % All overseas born % Australian born % Total %
People aged 15 years and over
Personal 390 -- 538 -- 597 -- 577 --
Family 1,144 -- 1,485 -- 1,492 -- 1,481 --
Household 1,199 -- 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 Vietnam, the personal weekly median income was $390. Family median weekly income was $1,144 and Household median weekly income was $1,199.

Travel to work Born in Vietnam % All overseas born % Australian born % Total %
Employed people aged 15 years and over
Car 69,862 71.6 1,731,504 62.1 4,810,606 67.3 6,620,838 65.8
Bus or train 10,012 10.3 350,975 12.6 414,430 5.8 772,912 7.7
Other 7,796 8.0 332,981 11.9 701,390 9.8 1,045,825 10.4

In Australia 71.6% of employed people who were born in Vietnam, travelled to work on census day by car, while 10.3% travelled by bus or train.

Unpaid work Born in Vietnam % All overseas born % Australian born % Total %
People aged 15 years and over
Did unpaid domestic work (last week) 105,040 58.2 3,415,647 68.7 8,587,763 75.5 12,149,347 70.0
Cared for child/children (last two weeks) 59,619 33.0 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) 18,307 10.1 512,280 10.3 1,353,534 11.9 1,896,957 10.9
Did voluntary work through an organisation or group (last 12 months) 14,737 8.2 735,396 14.8 2,321,102 20.4 3,090,874 17.8

In Australia 58.2% of people who were born in Vietnam did unpaid domestic work in the week before the census, and 33.0% cared for a child or children in the two weeks before the census.

Unpaid domestic work, number of hours Born in Vietnam % All overseas born % Australian born % Total %
People aged 15 years and over
Less than 5 hours per week 33,372 18.5 1,045,756 21.0 2,795,136 24.6 3,883,357 22.4
5 to 14 hours per week 37,855 21.0 1,281,818 25.8 3,111,380 27.3 4,444,640 25.6
15 to 29 hours per week 17,995 10.0 596,319 12.0 1,452,979 12.8 2,075,154 12.0
30 hours or more per week 15,820 8.8 491,752 9.9 1,228,268 10.8 1,746,196 10.1

In Australia of people who were born in Vietnam and who did unpaid domestic work in the week before the census, 21.0% worked 5 to 14 hours, 10.0% worked 15 to 29 hours and 8.8% 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 Vietnam % All overseas born % Australian born % Total %
Couple family without children 16,139 19.6 909,186 39.9 1,204,689 36.4 2,150,301 37.8
Couple family with children 47,462 57.7 1,086,957 47.7 1,421,441 42.9 2,534,399 44.6
One parent family 16,907 20.5 253,606 11.1 623,185 18.8 901,637 15.9
Other family 1,800 2.2 30,804 1.4 64,275 1.9 97,722 1.7
 
Families with a child under 5 17,011 20.7 368,079 16.1 629,491 19.0 997,568 17.6
Families with a child aged 0-15 years 42,889 52.1 847,725 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 Vietnam 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 Vietnam. Of these families, 57.7% were couple families with children, 19.6% were couple families without children and 20.5% were one parent families.

Family Charts
Families — weekly income
Median family income, couple families with two incomes Born in Vietnam % All overseas born % Australian born % Total %
Families without children 1,886 -- 2,104 -- 2,072 -- 2,081 --
Families with children 1,961 -- 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 Vietnam 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 Vietnam. Of these families, the median weekly income for families without children was $1,886 and for families with children the median weekly income was $1,961.

Families — employment status of couple families
Employment status of parents in couple families Born in Vietnam % All overseas born % Australian born % Total %
Labour force, people aged 15 years and over
Both employed, worked full-time 15,186 23.9 424,216 21.3 583,765 22.2 1,015,165 21.7
Both employed, worked part-time 2,460 3.9 78,786 3.9 94,329 3.6 174,795 3.7
One employed full-time, one part-time 8,290 13.0 366,187 18.3 628,451 23.9 1,001,907 21.4
One employed full-time, other not working 13,371 21.0 351,617 17.6 378,600 14.4 736,322 15.7
One employed part-time, other not working 4,683 7.4 123,282 6.2 125,270 4.8 251,191 5.4
Both not working 13,332 21.0 428,908 21.5 451,465 17.2 899,598 19.2
Other 3,479 5.5 114,131 5.7 173,546 6.6 291,196 6.2
Labour force status not stated 2,800 4.4 109,016 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 Vietnam 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 Vietnam. Of these families, 23.9% of families had both parents working full-time, 13.0% of families had one parent working full-time and one parent working part-time, and 21.0% 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 Vietnam % All birthplace responses % Total %
Occupied private dwellings
Separate house 67,701 74.3 5,773,803 75.7 5,864,574 75.6
Semi-detached, row or terrace house, townhouse etc 10,255 11.3 749,880 9.8 765,980 9.9
Flat, unit or apartment 12,661 13.9 1,033,848 13.6 1,056,237 13.6
Other dwelling 419 0.5 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 Vietnam, 74.3% were a separate house, 13.9% were a flat, unit or apartment, and 11.3% were a semi-detached, row or terrace house, townhouse etc.

Dwelling Structure Charts
Number of bedrooms People born in Vietnam % All birthplace responses % Total %
Occupied private dwellings
None (includes bedsitters) 570 0.6 40,817 0.5 42,160 0.5
1 bedroom 2,700 3.0 353,399 4.6 363,129 4.7
2 bedrooms 14,279 15.7 1,452,173 19.0 1,481,577 19.1
3 bedrooms 39,909 43.8 3,331,683 43.7 3,379,930 43.6
4 or more bedrooms 31,912 35.0 2,332,594 30.6 2,350,132 30.3
Number of bedrooms not stated 1,752 1.9 117,401 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 Vietnam, 15.7% had two bedrooms, 43.8% had three bedrooms and 35.0% had four or more bedrooms.

Bedroom Charts
Dwellings — mortgage & rent
Mortgage and rent People born in Vietnam % All birthplace responses % Total %
Occupied private dwellings
Owned outright 24,598 27.0 2,440,739 32.0 2,488,149 32.1
Owned with a mortgage 40,974 45.0 2,691,967 35.3 2,709,433 34.9
Rented 22,379 24.6 2,265,310 29.7 2,297,458 29.6
Other tenure type 569 0.6 68,118 0.9 70,069 0.9
Tenure type not stated 2,602 2.9 161,933 2.1 195,213 2.5
 
Median monthly mortgage repayment 1,733 -- 1,800 -- 1,800 --
Median weekly rent paid 250 -- 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 Vietnam, 27.0% were owned outright, 45.0% were owned with a mortgage and 24.6% were rented. The median monthly mortgage repayment was $1,733 and the median weekly rent paid was $250.

Dwellings — household composition
Household composition People born in Vietnam % All birthplace responses % Total %
One family households 71,902 79.6 5,365,562 70.3 5,422,469 69.9
Multiple family households 6,231 6.9 127,500 1.7 128,147 1.7
Single (or lone) person households 8,582 9.5 1,818,070 23.8 1,888,697 24.3
Group households 3,657 4.0 316,935 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 Vietnam' includes households in Australia where at least one person was born in Vietnam. Of those households, 79.6% were one family households and 9.5% 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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