Summary: This paper presents cultural diversity data from the 2011 Census of Population and Housing for the 39 NSW State Electoral Districts (SEDs) located in regional NSW, as redistributed in 2013. Data from the 2006 Census is also included for several census indicators. A companion background paper contains the profiles of the 54 NSW SEDs located in Greater Sydney.
The impetus behind this paper lies in part in requests for information on cultural diversity received by the Research Service from Members of Parliament, but also derives from the significance of cultural diversity in NSW in social, historical and political terms. This paper provides a snapshot of cultural diversity in each electorate and examines certain characteristics of people born in non-English speaking countries.
Each electorate profile is in two parts. Following a map of the electorate, the first part sets out three census indicators of cultural diversity – country of birth, ancestry and language spoken at home. These indicators measure a different aspect of cultural diversity, each having its own limitations. Note that for the purposes of this paper, the term ‘cultural diversity’ encompasses ethnicity and language.