Our communities

Our communities reflect the diversity and strengths of Victoria. This diversity is essential to the social and economic strength of our state.
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Our communities reflect the diversity and strengths of Victoria. This diversity is essential to the social and economic strength of our state.

LGBTIQ+

  • 5.7 per cent of Victorian adults identify as LGBTIQ+.15

Young people

  • There are more than 1.2 million people aged 12 to 25 in Victoria.16
  • More than 17,000 young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people live in Victoria.17

CALD communities

  • About half of all Victorians were born overseas or had a parent born overseas.18

Women

  • Women make up more than half of the Victorian population.19

Veterans

  • About 500 new veterans move to Victoria each year.20

Senior Victorians

  • About one-quarter of Victorians will be aged over 60 by 2056.21

Carers

  • Victoria has more than 730,000 carers.22

People with disability

  • One in six Victorians live with disability.23

Our stories – CALD Communities Taskforce

Set up in 2020, the CALD Communities Taskforce is working in partnership with Victoria’s multicultural communities during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Through this taskforce we have worked with more than 326 community partners to offer immediate and ongoing relief to those most affected by the pandemic. This partnership helped deliver more than 304,016 culturally appropriate meals and 165,186 food kits to those in need. It also placed more than 29,803 outreach calls and created more than 1,300 online activities with over 66,361 participants to help keep communities connected.24 Through these community partnerships, we are working to build a stronger and better prepared sector that can continue to support diverse communities.

References

15 Source: Victorian Population Health Survey 2017 

16 Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), December 2019 

17 Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) 2019, Estimates and projections: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, ABS, Canberra 

18 Source: 2016 Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Census

19 Source: 2016 Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Census 

20 Source: Department of Veterans Affairs 2020, Population Projections: Executive Summary, December 2020,

21 Source: Commissioner for Senior Victorians 2020, Ageing well in a changing world, State Government of Victoria, Melbourne

22 Source: Department of Health 2018, Victorian carer strategy 2018–2022, State Government of Victoria, Melbourne 

23 Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Disability, Ageing and Carers, Australia: Victoria, 2018, Table 1.3.

24 Source: Supporting multicultural communities through coronavirus (COVID-19), June 2021