Posted By John
A Variety of Languages

Although we are a multi-cultural country, English is the national and official language of Australia. At least 17% of people living in Australia come from a non-English speaking culture and speak a non-English language at home. Over 200 different languages are spoken in Australia including 45 indigenous languages.

See also Australian Slang

 Languages 1996*     Languages   1996*
 Italian 367,300     Tagalog (Filipino) 67,300
 Greek 259,000     Croatian 66,700
 Cantonese 190,100     Polish 61,000
 Arabic/Lebanese 162,000     Maltese 44,700
 Vietnamese 134,000     Indigenous languages & Creoles 44,200
 German 96,700     Turkish 42,200
 Mandarin 87,300     Netherlandic (Dutch/Flemish) 40,200
 Spanish 86,900     All other 656,900
 Macedonian 68,100     Total 2,474,600   

* Excluding kids under 5 years

More Information

  1. Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP)
  2. Translating and Interpreting Service
  3. DIMIA translated web pages

Updated August 2011. You may notice that we show information from a variety of dates. We are unable to find the same type of information for more recent dates than what we show here. Note: This information is for entertainment purposes. We assume no liability resulting from any errors or omissions. Translation . . . we’ve done our best to bring you accurate information. For official facts and figures, please visit any of the many Australian government websites available such as the Australian Bureau of Statistics.