Indians are now third largest migrant group in Australia

Posted 5/4/2021 by Alasdair Spinner

Many of our job applicants live outside of Australia and we know a large percentage of them will have migrated once in their lives prior to considering moving to Australia. 


In this context we thought it useful to run a series of pieces providing information about migrant populations in Australia.


Our first is about Indian people in Australia.


Picture: Naveed Ahmed


For the year ending 30 June 2019:


  • There were over 7.5 million migrants living in Australia.
  • 29.7% of Australia's population were born overseas.
  • Australia's population increased by 239,600 people due to net overseas migration.
  • 404,000 people moved interstate, an increase of 2.9% from the previous year.

In 2020, the Australian Bureau of Statistics released new data which showed the Indian population in Australia had increased to 660,000 in 2019. This was an 11% increase compared to 592,000 Indians living in Australia in 2018.

The ABS data also illustrated people born in India now make up 2.6% of the population and India has been Australia’s biggest source of migrants since 2016.

In 2019 28,000 Indian nationals became Australian citizens.

The number of Indian students studying in Australia also massively increased with the latest data in 2019 showed 94,681 were studying in Australian universities and colleges.

In the 2016 ABS national census revealed Indian Australians, of all migrant groups, were the most educated - 54.6% had a Bachelor or Higher degree.

Indian born Australians are expected to out grow Chinese born Australians by 2031. Outside of migrants from the UK, Indian migrants are responsible for the most tax generated from the migrant populations. I believe Indian born Australians remain grossly under represented in Australian politics, business and media compared to those in Canada, for example.


Melbourne really goes out of its way to attract Indian migrants so there is plenty of data to analyse. Melbourne's Indian population makes up 3% of its population. 35% of Indian migrants choose to live in Melbourne. 25% of these are professionals and 12.7% of Indians in Melbourne work in healthcare and social assistance. Popular suburbs in Melbourne for Indian migrants (in no order) are Monash, Wyndham, Brimbank, Greater Dandenong and Casey. Most Indian Australians live in Victoria of which Melbourne is the capital.


Popular suburbs in Sydney include Parramatta, Harris Park, Blacktown and Liverpool. In Sydney, Indians make up approx. 2.6% of the population of Sydney. At time of writing we could not find workforce breakdowns for the Sydney metropolitan area. 

On a personal level I know many Indians who have settled happily in other cities such as Brisbane and Darwin.

The 2016 census also showed Hindi was the top Indian language spoken at home (159, 652) followed by Punjabi (132,496). Interestingly, there were more Hindi speakers in New South Wales than in Victoria.

In terms of religion, the 2016 census showed 1.9% of the population identify as Hindu. See this table: 



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Spinner Medical Recruitment acknowledges the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the first inhabitants of the nation of Australia and the traditional custodians of the lands where people now live, learn and work. 


- Alasdair Spinner


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