Tamil Australian

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Tamil Australian
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Total population
50,151
Regions with significant populations
State / Territory
 New South Wales 21,527
 Victoria 17,452
 Western Australia 4,078
 Queensland 3,475
 South Australia 1,703
 Australian Capital Territory 1,416
 Northern Territory 280
 Tasmania 216
Languages
Religion
Related ethnic groups

Tamil Australian refers to Australians with a Tamil background. It includes people who speak Tamil, those whose ancestors were Tamil or those who identify with Tamil culture.

Demographics[edit]

Murugan Temple, Sydney
Saivaite Temple, Perth

There are no exact figures for the number of Tamil Australians but according to the 2011 census there were 50,151 Australians, 0.23% of the population, who spoke Tamil at home.[1] However, the number of Australians who identified their ancestry, either first or second, as Tamil was only 19,434.[2] Most Tamil speaking Australians identified their ancestry as Indian or Sri Lankan.[2]

Analysis of 2011 census by language and ancestry highlighting Tamil characteristics[2]
Ancestry Language (First Ancestry) Language (Second Ancestry)
Tamil English Sinhala Not
Stated
Other Total Tamil English Sinhala Not
Stated
Other Total
Tamil 11,407 1,057 85 58 149 12,756 650 257 16 13 48 984
Indian Tamil 406 50 4 3 15 478 21 12 0 0 -1 32
Sri Lankan Tamil 4,153 702 102 27 41 5,025 62 83 6 0 8 159
Sub-total Tamil 15,966 1,809 191 88 205 18,259 733 352 22 13 55 1,175
Indian 20,923 77,033 64 3,204 249,641 350,865 540 31,992 38 217 7,246 40,033
Sri Lankan 8,534 23,792 27,862 442 1,551 62,181 300 11,541 679 47 389 12,956
Australian 748 4,777,283 684 24,942 118,275 4,921,932 82 2,135,198 50 6,458 34,761 2,176,549
Sinhalese 942 2,351 16,898 115 225 20,531 76 901 1,372 13 54 2,416
English 862 7,062,120 809 33,676 125,990 7,223,457 7 13,136 8 107 1,821 15,079
Malay 502 6,973 17 134 13,230 20,856 91 9,015 32 56 3,568 12,762
Singaporean 178 1,930 0 123 1,302 3,533 25 2,083 0 13 498 2,619
Not stated 856 391,451 913 979,843 102,167 1,475,230 47,984 10,434,941 45,710 1,060,759 3,465,645 15,055,039
Other 640 4,164,549 754 42,924 3,202,008 7,410,875 313 3,870,132 281 17,808 300,557 4,189,091
Total 50,151 16,509,291 48,192 1,085,491 3,814,594 21,507,719 50,151 16,509,291 48,192 1,085,491 3,814,594 21,507,719

As per 2011 census, over 39.59% of Tamil speaking Australians were born in Sri Lank, 34.89% in India and 13.05% in Australia.[2]

Country Population  %
Sri Lanka 19,855 39.59%
India 17,500 34.89%
Australia 6,547 13.05%
Malaysia 2,782 5.55%
Singapore 1,687 3.36%
Not stated 445 0.89%
Other 1,335 2.66%
Total 50,151 100.00%

They live concentrated in Wentworthville, Pendle Hill, Girraween, Toongabbie and Strathfield in Sydney and in Glen Waverley and Dandenong North in Melbourne.[1]

State
Suburb
State Tamils % of
suburb
% of
Tamils
Wentworthville[3] NSW 1,073 10.13% 2.14%
Glen Waverley[4] VIC 945 2.41% 1.88%
Dandenong[5] VIC 935 3.75% 1.86%
Westmead[6] NSW 908 6.41% 1.81%
Toongabbie[7] NSW 853 6.56% 1.70%
Pendle Hill[8] NSW 849 12.74% 1.69%
Strathfield[9] NSW 815 3.45% 1.63%
Girraween[10] NSW 760 16.19% 1.52%
Auburn[11] NSW 659 1.99% 1.31%
Lidcombe[12] NSW 658 3.95% 1.31%
Seven Hills[13] NSW 650 3.45% 1.30%
Homebush[14] NSW 588 9.49% 1.17%
Dandenong North[15] VIC 531 2.42% 1.06%

More than 80% have completed high school education which is only 50% for the general Australian population.[1] More than 59% own their houses while more than 67% of the general population own their houses.[1]

Notable Tamil Australians[edit]

References[edit]

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