|Regions with significant populations|
|Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide|
|Related ethnic groups|
Malayali Australians are Australians whose ancestors, or themselves identify with Malayalam language. Malayalis originate from the South Indian state of Kerala, and is one of the fastest growing populations in Australia, with a 139% increase in Malayalam speakers from 2001 to 2006.
According to the ABS, on 9 August 2011 (i.e. the census day), there were about 20,000 India-born people in [Australia] who indicated that they mainly speak Malayalam at home. Majority of this population has arrived in Australia in or after the year 2007. The metropolitan region spread of this group indicates that more than 50% of this population resides in Greater Melbourne (39%) and Greater Sydney (23%) combined. The balance population is located in Greater Perth (13%), Greater Brisbane (11%), Greater Adelaide (10%) and other metropolitan regions of Australia.
The majority proportion of this population is associated with the 25-39 year age cohort (53%), and the estimated average age of this population is approximately 32 years. Both the genders are well represented with more number of males (52%) compared to females (48%). A vast majority of this population over the age of 15 years are married (71%), and this is followed by people who have never married (11%). More than two-thirds of this population has indicated an affiliation with Christianity and this is followed by almost a quarter of this population indicating an affiliation with Hinduism. The population is well represented across different income groups, and the estimated average individual income is $45,000 per annum. Almost a quarter of this population indicated that they are Australian citizens.
Notable Malayali Australians
- Keli Adelaide, Malayali Community Organisation