The Department of Immigration and Citizenship releases information about recent arrivals through its Settlement Database. The information is compiled from a number of sources including systems used to process migration applications (on- and off-shore) and settler enrolment details in adult migrant English classes. The information shows the numbers of recent arrivals according to their birthplace countries and migration streams (skilled, family and humanitarian).
Quality and Applicability
The Department of Immigration and Citizenship established the Settlement Database specifically to provide statistical data to government and community agencies involved in services for recent arrivals.
Information about recent arrivals is useful because it gives a picture of emerging communities otherwise not evidenced through data sets such as the Census community profiles series. Census data sets include information about the top 35 countries of birth (including Australia) as cited by respondents at the last Census. Birthplace countries reported by fewer numbers of persons on Census night (due to more recent arrival patterns) are unidentified in the category 'Born Elsewhere'. Recent arrival figures through the Settlement Database are therefore better figures to use if you want to find out about emerging communities in a given area. Information about recent arrivals can be used in conjunction with other cultural diversity indicators – such as countries of birth, languages other than English and proficiency in spoken English and religious affiliation.
Information about recent arrivals is available for local government areas – by sex.
The Settlement Database reporting facility allows you to build reports for the period you require by specifying start and end dates (data before July 1996 is not available).
The Settlement Database is a 'living' database maintained by the Department of Immigration and Citizenship that brings together information from various sources as available.
Information about recent arrivals can be accessed through the Settlement Database. Select the 'Reporting Facility' function to generate the reports you require (there are detailed instructions on how to produce reports as well).
Cost and Format
Settlement Database reports are available in 'view now' format or as an excel spreadsheet (by return email) and are free of charge.
Additional Data Source(s)
Information about recent arrivals based on the Settlement Database is available through the Victorian Local Governance Association online library of social statistics.