Victoria is home to one of the most culturally diverse societies in the world, and is also among the fastest-growing and most diverse states in Australia.
The 2016 Census showed that almost one third of Victoria's population (28.4%) were born overseas. And almost half of Victoria's population (49.1%) were either born overseas or have a parent who was born overseas.
- come from more than 200 countries
- speak 260 languages
- follow 135 different faiths
This diversity enriches us all. It brings new ideas, extends our skills, attracts businesses and makes Victoria a great place to live and work.
Most of the overseas-born Victorians came to Australia as migrants hoping to find a better life for themselves and their children.
CALD (culturally and linguistically diverse) people come from many different countries. We welcome new arrivals in Victoria.
A large number of overseas-born Victorians came to Australia as refugees from conflicts:
- the Second World War in Europe
- in Indo-China
- in the republics of the former Yugoslavia
- the Horn of Africa
- the Middle East
Visit the Victorian Multicultural Commission website for more information on our diverse population.
Each of Victoria's 79 local councils have information and services for their unique community.
Here are some other organisations that support the diverse needs of older Australians:
Australian - Multicultural Community Services Inc
Provide care, coordination, referrals and support services, community projects, group and respite activities, gentle exercise, support and relief for people experiencing hardship, adult education classes and assistance to migrants seeking employment. Specialising in supporting seniors from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.
Approx. 50 CALD backgrounds. Visit the website of the Australian - Multicultural Community Services Inc: https://www.amcservices.org.au/
Chinese Community Social Services Centre Inc
Provide care, coordination, referrals and support services, community projects, group and respite activities, gentle exercise, support and relief for people experiencing hardship, adult education classes and assistance to migrants seeking employment. Consisting of Chinese-speaking people from various countries of birth, including China, Vietnam, Hong Kong SAR, Malaysia, Indonesia, Cambodia, Taiwan, Singapore, East Timor, Burma, Macau, Laos, Thailand and India. Visit the website of the Chinese Community Social Services Centre Inc: https://www.ccssci.org.au/about-us