295,362 (by birth)
390,894 (by ancestry)
1.9% of the Australian population (2011)
|Regions with significant populations|
|New South Wales||95,387|
|Related ethnic groups|
An Indian Australian is an Australian citizen of Indian descent or an India-born person who resides in Australia, so when we talk about Indian Australians, they include both those who are Australian by birth, and those born in India or elsewhere in the Indian diaspora. They are one of the fastest growing ethnic groups in Australia today.
In 2005-2006 India was the fourth major source of permanent migrants to Australia behind the United Kingdom, New Zealand and China. Between 2000–2001 and 2005–2006, the number of migrants came to Australia from India increased from 4,700 to 12,300 people. And in 2011-12, Indians became the largest source of permanent migration to Australia and formed 15.7% of the total migration programme in 2011-12. Australia's Indian-born population has also recorded the fastest growth in the country in 2008-2009, increasing by 44,012 (17%).
A study of DNA has found that Indian people may have come to Australia around 4000 years ago. Indian immigration began early in colonial history. The first Indians arrived in Australia with the British who had been living in India. From the 1860s, Indians(Sikh), 'Afghans' and Pacific Islanders were recruited as workers in rural and northern outback Australia. Many 'Afghans' actually came from India (as well as Iran, Egypt and Turkey). They were loosely called 'Afghans' due to their similar dress because mostly Sikh wear the turban, and they worked as cameleers to operate camel trains throughout outback Australia, as 'pioneers of the inland'. As well as labourers and domestic help, Australia's early Indian population also found work as hawkers. The 1881 census records 998 people who were born in India but this had grown to over 1700 by 1891.
Migration from India was curtailed after the Australian Government introduced the Immigration Restriction Act 1901, but following India's independence from Britain in 1947, the number of Anglo-Indians and Indian-born British citizens immigrating to Australia increased.
During the 2006 Census, 147,106 Australian residents declared that they were born in India, of which 79,025 held Australian citizenship. The states with the largest Indian-born residents were New South Wales (57,156), Victoria (52,853) and Western Australia (15,157). 64,968 declared they were Hindu, 49,975 declared they were Christian and 26,500 declared they were Sikh. Other minorities include Muslims and Zoroastrians. 243,722 Australian residents declared that had Indian ancestry, either alone or in combination with another ancestry.
The Indian-born community more than doubled between 2004 and 2009 to 308,542, making it the second largest non-European group in Australia after Chinese-born Australians. In 2009 there were an additional 90,000 Indian Students studying at Australian tertiary institutions according to Prime Minister Rudd.
Notable Australians of Indian ancestry
- Purushottama Bilimoria
- Kersi Meher-Homji
- Tharini Mudaliar
- Indira Naidoo
- Pankaj Oswal
- Anu Singh
- Lisa Sthalekar
- Mathai Varghese
- Peter Varghese
- Akshay Venkatesh
- Christabel Chamarette
- Stuart Clark, Australian cricketer
- Samantha Downie
- Samantha Jade
- Roger Kerr
- Daniel Kerr
- Jordan McMahon
- Siobhan Parekh
- Clancee Pearce
- Eric Pearce
- Julian Pearce
- Rex Sellers
- Lisa Singh
- Rhys Williams
- Australian Government - Department of Immigration and Border Protection. "Indian Australians". Retrieved 15 January 2014.
- "Australia - Community Profile" (Microsoft Excel download). 2011 Census. Australian Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 2012-06-24. Total responses: 25,451,383 for total count of persons: 19,855,288.
- "Migration: permanent additions to Australia's population". 4102.0 - Australian Social Trends, 2007. Australian Bureau of Statistics. 7 August 2007. Retrieved 2008-05-30.
- 2006 census Data : View by Location
- Rudd reassures Indian students