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Who did we survey?

We surveyed more than a thousand Chinese-Australians in November 2020 to better understand their life in Australia, relationship with China and perspectives on foreign influence and interference. The survey finds a broad diversity of experiences and views across Chinese-Australian communities.

Key Finding
47%
of all Chinese Australians have migrated to Australia in the past decade

Half the Chinese-Australian community was born in China, and 10% were born in Australia.

Mainland China

53%

Australia

10%

Hong Kong

9%

Malaysia

8%

Macau

6%

Taiwan

3%

Singapore

3.0%

Cambodia

1.4%

Vietnam

0.9%

Indonesia

0.6%

Almost half of all Chinese-Australians have migrated to Australia in the past decade.

In what year did you first arrive in Australia to live here for one year or more?

  1. 1960
  2. 1970
  3. 1980
  4. 1990
  5. 2000
  6. 2010
  7. 2020

Three-quarters of the Chinese-Australian community are Australian citizens or permanent residents.

Do you hold any of the following?

  1. 0%
  2. 20%
  3. 40%
  4. 60%
  5. 80%
  6. 100%
55
19
13
7
5

The majority of Chinese-Australians live in urban areas, with the largest populations located in Sydney and Melbourne.

Greater Sydney 34% Greater Brisbane 7% Greater Adelaide 8% 621 539.5 Greater Melbourne 35% Greater Perth 6% A.C.T. 2% Hobart 2% Darwin 1% Rest of NSW 3% Rest of QLD 2%* Areas with less than 1% are not labelled

Chinese-Australians are on average younger than the broader Australian population.

How old are you?

  1. 0%
  2. 20%
  3. 40%
  4. 60%
  5. 80%
  6. 100%
Chinese-Australians
32
30
33
4
Australian population
15
31
23
30

A broad range of political views exist across Chinese-Australian communities.

Which one of the following political parties do you personally feel closest to?

  1. 0%
  2. 20%
  3. 40%
  4. 60%
  5. 80%
  6. 100%
Chinese-Australians
42
21
9
19
7
Australian population
39
30
10
19

Chinese-Australians are highly educated compared to Australians overall, with almost half holding a bachelor's degree.

What is the highest level of education you have completed?

  1. 0%
  2. 20%
  3. 40%
  4. 60%
  5. 80%
  6. 100%
Chinese-Australians
46
44
8
Australian population
26
40
20
14

While most identified as Chinese-Australian or Australian-Chinese, many considered themselves only Chinese or Australian.

Overall, do you think of yourself as...?

  1. 0%
  2. 20%
  3. 40%
  4. 60%
  5. 80%
  6. 100%
9
11
44
34
* Comparisons to the broader Australian population in this section are drawn from the Lowy Institute Poll, based on ABS population data.