South African Australian
145,683 (by birth, 2011 Census)
108,955 (by ancestry, 2011 Census)
|Regions with significant populations|
|Perth · Melbourne · Sydney · Brisbane · Adelaide|
|English · Afrikaans · Yiddish · other South African languages|
|Predominately Christianity, followed by Judaism|
|Related ethnic groups|
|Zimbabwean Australian, Kenyan British, Afrikaners, British diaspora in Africa, Indian South Africans, South African American|
According to the 2006 Australian census 104,128 Australians were born in South Africa. Also in the Census 79,513 residents claimed South African ancestry, either alone or with another ancestry. 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.
More than half of the South African Australians arrived following the election of Nelson Mandela in 1994. A behaviour stigmatised by white South Africans who remained in their homeland as "Packing for Perth". "Packing for Perth" (and the initials "PFP") was also a humorous dig and reference to supporters of the "Progressive Federal Party" - a political party formed in 1977 that drew support mainly from liberal English-speaking white people, typically, the very people that ended up immigrating.
In 2007-08 4,000 South Africans permanently settled in Australia, a number that is slightly lower than previous years.
Sydney has the largest number of South African born residents (28,425), followed by Perth (18,828), Melbourne (17,318) and Brisbane (12,821).
- Robin Bell (athlete)
- Scherri-Lee Biggs (Miss Universe Australia 2011)
- John Maxwell Coetzee (writer, 2003 Nobel Prize in Literature laureate)
- Bryce Courtenay (writer)
- Damian Cupido (Australian rules football player)
- Collette Dinnigan (fashion designer)
- Anton Enus (SBS newsreader)
- Dean Geyer (singer, and actor)
- David Gonski (chair, Australian Stock Exchange)
- Frances Hargreaves (actress)
- Cariba Heine (actress)
- Robert Holmes à Court (1937-1990) (businessman, Australia's richest person)
- Jason Johannisen (Australian Rules football player)
- Craig Johnston (soccer player)
- Dena Kaplan (actress)
- Gail Kelly (CEO, Westpac)
- Marius Kloppers (CEO, BHP)
- Kerr Neilson (fund manager)
- James O'Connor (Rugby union player)
- Clyde Rathbone (rugby player)
- Selwyn (R&B singer)
- Troye Sivan (actor and singer-songwriter)
- Tammin Sursok (actress)
- Daniel Vickerman (rugby player)
- Margaret Wild (writer)
- Jessica Marais (actress)
- "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.
- "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.
- The African migrants who fear a lower standard of living Sydney Morning Herald
- Year Book 2008