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Multicultural, Intercultural and CLD or CALD are terms used to describe people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. The term is used to describe people who are born overseas or who are Australian born with one or both parents (or grandparents) born overseas.

Building relationships with and encouraging people from multicultural backgrounds provides opportunities for South Australian sporting and active recreation organisations along with their member associations and clubs to expand their membership and involve people in all aspects of the sporting experience.

Statistics from the 2011 Census show that about 350,000 South Australians were born overseas and about 220,000 speak a language other than English at home.

South Australians come from about 200 countries, speak more than 200 languages (including Aboriginal languages) and believe in about 100 religions.

Migrants from non-English speaking backgrounds make up nearly 13 percent of South Australia's population. When the children of migrants are added, this figure rises to nearly 25 percent.


Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) groups

Culturally and Linguistically Diverse refers to the wide range of cultural groups and individuals that make up the Australian population. It includes groups and individuals who differ according to religion, race, language and ethnicity, except those whose ancestry is Anglo-Saxon, Anglo Celtic, Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.

New and emerging communities

A term used to describe ethnic communities that are small in number, have recently settled in Australia and often lack established family networks, support systems, community structures and resources, relative to more established communities.


A refugee is:

Any person who owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, is outside the country of his/her nationality and is unable, or owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself/herself of the protection of that country (Refugee Convention).

An Asylum Seeker is someone who says they are a refugee but whose claim has not been definitively evaluated (UN Refugee Agency).

Migrant and immigrant

In Australia, the terms "migrant" and "immigrant" are used interchangeably and refer to a person who chooses to move from one place to another in order to find work or better living conditions.

Multicultural links

Multicultural Youth SA (MYSA) is now Adolescent Success

Migrant Resource Centre

Snapshot of SA

Summary overview of SA population. Based on 2011 census and DIAC Humanitarian arrivals data. This data will vary from actual arrivals data. Census data reflects what people entered on their Census returns.

South Australia - A profile of the State’s population

A snapshot of South Australia's diverse communities can be found on the Multicultural SA website

Information on Local Government areas with significant proportions of overseas-born