A Traditional Australian Homestay Family – What is that?

We have an huge diversity of culture, language and nationalities that make up Australia. Students coming to live and study in Australia sometimes are surprised to see that we are such a culturally diverse country, made up of people from dozens of countries.

Australian families are often culturally blended. From our indigenous and Torres Straits heritage to our history of immigration, we are an eclectic mix of cultures and Australian spirit.   For some Australians, our parents or grandparents landed here from another country before we were born. More recently, there has been a large intake of families who have immigrated here to assist with skilled labour and other government initiatives.

Many Australian families now have a partner born in another country, creating unique cultural links around the globe. Our homestays may also be single-parent families, or individuals whose children are already grown and moved out of home. We have a diverse host pool due to a culturally rich population, which makes Australia such a wonderfully diverse country.

Did you know?

A migrant arrives in Australia every 1 minute and 29 seconds

  • Almost 400 different languages, including indigenous languages, are spoken collectively by Australia’s almost 22 million population
  • Collectively Australians identify with more than 270 ancestries
  • Some 75% of Australia’s population identify with an ancestry other than Australian
  • More than a quarter of Australia’s 20m population was born in one of 200 overseas countries
  • Two out of every five people have at least one parent born overseas
  • In the 2009/2010 financial year the three largest birthplaces of settler arrivals to Australia were New Zealand, China and India
  • In terms of net migration per capita, Australia is ranked 18th (2008 Data) ahead of Canada, the USA and most of Europe
  • Australia’s population is projected to grow by 27.2 million by 2026, with net migration expected to account for 55% of the total growth and more than two-thirds coming from non Anglo-Celtic backgrounds

From the Australian Bureau of Statistics (2016 census)

Country of birth
Estimated resident population
Australia Australia  15,615,531
United Kingdom United Kingdom
1,198,000
England England
907,570
Scotland Scotland
119,417
New Zealand New Zealand
518,466
Mainland China Mainland China[b]
509,555
India India
455,389
Philippines Philippines
236,400
Vietnam Vietnam
219,355
Italy Italy
174,042
South Africa South Africa
162,449
Malaysia Malaysia
138,364
Sri Lanka Sri Lanka
109,849
Germany Germany
102,595
South Korea South Korea
98,776
Greece Greece
93,743
Hong Kong Hong Kong
86,886
United States United States
86,125
Lebanon Lebanon
78,653
Republic of Ireland Ireland
74,888
Indonesia Indonesia
73,213
Netherlands Netherlands
70,172
Iraq Iraq
67,352
Thailand Thailand
66,229
Pakistan Pakistan
61,913
Fiji Fiji
61,469
Iran Iran
58,112
Singapore Singapore
54,939
Nepal Nepal
54,754

This is what makes Australia so interesting to visit, play and stay. We are a buffet of culture, nationalities, diversities and religion. So embrace everything that makes Australia great – we are a friendly, welcoming community. We enjoy opening our doors and greeting students from all over the globe. Come and enjoy our great country with us. What is a ‘typical Australian family’? We say a family that loves and embraces this country and everyone in it!

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