Cypriot Australian

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Cypriot Australians
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Total population
18,070 (by birth, 2011 Census)[1]
22,680 (by ancestry, 2011 Census)[1]
Regions with significant populations
Cyprus-born people by state or territory
Victoria 8,179
New South Wales 6,589
South Australia 1,333
Queensland 1,213
Greek · Turkish · English
Christianity · Islam · Irreligion
Related ethnic groups
Greek Australians · Turkish Australians

Cypriot Australians (Greek: Κύπριοι της Αυστραλίας; Turkish: Avustralya Kıbrıslı) are Australian citizens of Cypriot descent or Cyprus-born people who reside in Australia. Cypriots in Australia are the second-largest community outside Cyprus. They are found throughout the country, with a presence in all state capitals. According to the 2011 Census, there were 22,680 people of Cypriot descent in Australia and 18,070 Cyprus-born people residing in the country at the moment of the census. As of 2014, in accordance with the High Commission of the Republic of Cyprus in Canberra, there are over 80,000 people of Cypriot origin in Australia.[2]

Most Cypriot Australians are of Greek background.

Immigration history[edit]

Greek Cypriots[edit]

Turkish Cypriots[edit]

Turkish Cypriot community of Victoria.

A notable scale of Turkish Cypriot migration to Australia began in the late 1940s;[3] they were the only Muslims acceptable under the White Australia Policy.[4] Prior to 1940, the Australian Census recorded only three settlers from Cyprus that spoke Turkish as their primary language. A further 66 Turkish Cypriots arrived in Australia in the late 1940s, marking the beginning of a Turkish Cypriot immigration trend to Australia.[3] By 1947-1956 there were 350 Turkish Cypriot settlers who were living in Australia.[5]

Notable Cypriot Australians[edit]


Film and Television[edit]


The Arts[edit]

  • Stelarc World famous performance artist.


Businesspeople and CEOs[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Australian Government - Department of Immigration and Border Protection. "Cypriot Australians". Retrieved 23 January 2014. 
  2. ^ High Commission of the Republic of Cyprus in Canberra (2014). "Cypriot community in Australia". Retrieved 30 September 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Hüssein 2007, 17
  4. ^ Cleland 2001, 24
  5. ^ Hüssein 2007, 18