Languages spoken at home - Australia's top five

DATE: 26 February 2015

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In multicultural Australia, many languages other than English are spoken at home as a primary language.

This week’s infographic draws on data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) 2012 Survey of Disability, Ageing, and Carers to illustrate how linguistic diversity compares for people with and without disability.

Key facts

  • A higher percentage of people with disability speak English at home, compared with those without disability. This likely reflects the obstacles to migrating to Australia for people with disability.
  • Greek is currently the third most common language for people with disability in Australia, but the 12th most common for people without disability.
  • Because disability rates increase with age, this language profile is likely to change gradually over time as newer waves of migrants acquire disabilities.

Technical notes

'Disability' is used to mean the broad ABS definition of disability, and includes persons over 65. See the ABS website for further details. 
Languages are those ’mainly spoken at home’ and are classified on the Australian Standard Classification of Languages (ASCL) 2011 on the ABS website.
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