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Top 10 languages spoken in Victoria

Between the 2016 and 2021 ABS census we have seen a very large increase in multicultural immigration in Australia.  This has led to over 1.1m Australians in VIC speaking a top 10 language other than English. The largest increases have come from Indian language speakers. The most frequently spoken languages are Chinese languages, Indian languages and Vietnamese.

Source: ABS Census 2021

Rank Language 2021 % Change from 2016
1 Chinese Languages 319,993 16%
2 Indian 196,060 37%
3 Vietnamese 118,801 13%
4 Greek 107,158 -3%
5 Italian 92,320 -22%
6 Arabic 91,441 13%
7 Tagalog (inc Filipino) 52,655 22%
8 Sinhalese 49,501 24%
9 Spanish 43,181 18%
10 Urdu 38,084 39%