A Multicultural Northern Territory

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The Demography and Growth Planning team at the Northern Institute have been working with the Territory Families’ Office of Multicultural Affairs to provide a compendium of information based on the 2016 Census and the multicultural profile of the people of the Northern Territory. These Census statistics show that around 46% of the population is culturally or linguistically diverse, with 26% being Indigenous Territorians and 20% born overseas.


The work in this project identifies the growing demographic, economic and social importance of our diverse cultural background. In this chart, our fastest growing migrant communities are identified.

A Multicultural Northern Territory chart


The report is a series of files enabling you to access a large amount of data on key indicators about the Territory’s multicultural make-up like birthplace, ancestry and languages. Files are being progressively released on this web page so please come back soon to check out what’s been loaded.

  • On 28 March 2018, the Office of Multicultural Affairs (Northern Territory Department of Families) hosted a seminar at which we presented trends and key findings from the report to the Office on the multicultural make-up of the Northern Territory and the demography of our multicultural communities. Link to the presentation


  • An additional presentation to the multicultural community of Alice Springs was hosted by Multicultural Community Services of Central Australia and supported by the Office of Multicultural Affairs (Northern Territory Department of Families) in late June 2018. It presented a local focus on Alice Springs within the context of more general findings for the Northern Territory. Link to presentation.

    Databank: The Peoples of the Northern Territory, A statistical profile from the 2016 Census

    Workbook 1

    Australian Overview
    Provides comparative data for Australia on birthplaces, languages, religions and ancestries. Includes State and Territory summaries and ranked birthplaces.

    Data File
    Workbook 2

    Northern Territory Multicultural Profile (updated in August 2018)
    Provides detailed diversity statistics about the Northern Territory and summary information about the Statistical Division of Greater Darwin.

    Data File

    Workbook 3

    Local Government Area Summaries
    Provides a snapshot of multicultural diversity statistics for each Local Government Area.

    Data File

For any enquiries please contact Andrew Taylor (andrew.taylor@cdu.edu.au) or Fiona Shalley (fiona.shalley@cdu.edu.au).