Cultural diversity at Gold Coast City

Gold Coast City Council values and celebrates the city's cultural diversity and heritage and aims to ensure the provision of equitable access to Council services, facilities, programs and information for residents and visitors including people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds.

A social profile of cultural diversity in Gold Coast City Key statistics
At the time of the 2006 Census, in Gold Coast City:

  • 25.2% of persons were born overseas, higher than Queensland (17.9%) and Australia (22.2%)
  • the top three regions of birth after Oceania and Antarctica (includes Australia), were North-West Europe (8.5%), Southern and Eastern Europe (2.2%) and North-East Asia (2 per cent)
  • 9.4% of persons were born in a non main English speaking country, compared to 7.9% for Queensland and 13.8% for Australia
  • after English, Chinese languages (Mandarin, Cantonese and other Chinese languages) were the most common languages (1.2%) spoken at home
  • Japan and Germany were the top non main English speaking countries of birth (0.7%)
  • after Australia, New Zealand was the highest stated country of birth (7.5%), higher than Queensland (3.8%) and Australia (2 per cent)
  • 6.8% of persons born overseas aged 85 years and over spoke English not well or not at all, compared to only 2.7% of persons born overseas aged 5 to 14 years
  • 8.7% of persons spoke a language other than English at home, compared to 7.8% for Queensland and 15.8% for Australia

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Social Profile of Cultural Diversity in Gold Coast

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