South African Australian

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South African Australian
Total population
South African
145,683 (by birth, 2011 Census)
108,955 (by ancestry, 2011 Census)
Regions with significant populations
Perth · Melbourne · Sydney · Brisbane · Adelaide
English · Afrikaans · other South African languages
Christianity · Hinduism · Islam · Judaism · Irreligion
Related ethnic groups
Zimbabwean Australian, Kenyan British, Afrikaners, British diaspora in Africa, Indian South Africans, South African American

South African Australians are Australian citizens who are of South African ancestry or South Africa-born people who reside in Australia.

According to the 2006 Australian census 104,128 Australians were born in South Africa.[1] Also in the Census 79,513 residents claimed South African ancestry, either alone or with another ancestry.[2] Immigration from South Africa to Australia, particularly by professionals, accelerated in the 1990s. The majority of South African immigrants to Australia were of British descent, only a very small percentage, around 2-3% were of Afrikaans origin.

The number of permanent settlers arriving in Australia from South Africa since 1991 (monthly)
People with South African ancestry as a percentage of the population in Sydney divided geographically by postal area, as of the 2011 census

More than half of the South African Australians arrived following the election of Nelson Mandela in 1994.[3] a behaviour stigmatised by white South Africans who remained in their homeland as "Packing for Perth". In 2007-08 4,000 South Africans permanently settled in Australia, a number that is slightly lower than previous years.[4]

Sydney has the largest number of South African born residents (28,425), followed by Perth (18,828), Melbourne (17,318) and Brisbane (12,821).

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "20680-Country of Birth of Person (full classification list) by Sex - Australia" (Microsoft Excel download). 2006 Census. Australian Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 2008-06-03.  Total count of persons: 19,855,288.
  2. ^ "20680-Ancestry (full classification list) by Sex - Australia" (Microsoft Excel download). 2006 Census. Australian Bureau of Statistics. Retrieved 2008-06-02.  Total responses: 25,451,383 for total count of persons: 19,855,288.
  3. ^ The African migrants who fear a lower standard of living Sydney Morning Herald
  4. ^ Year Book 2008