Languages spoken at home - Australia's top five
DATE: 26 February 2015
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.
- 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.
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