Among Myanmar-born people aged 15 years and over, the participation rate in the labour force was 52.5 per cent and the unemployment rate was 9.3 per cent.
The corresponding rates in the total Australian population were 65 per cent and 5.6 per cent respectively.
The age distribution showed 6 per cent were aged 0-14 years, 13.9 per cent were 15-24 years, 38 per cent were 25-44 years, 29.2 per cent were 45-64 years and 12.9 per cent were 65 years and over.
Of the Myanmar-born in Australia, there were 10 554 males (48.5 per cent) and 11 208 females (51.5 per cent). In the 2011 Census, the top ancestry responses* that Myanmar-born people reported were Burmese (11 606), Karen (3478) and Chinese (2180).
*At the 2011 Census up to two responses per person were allowed for the Ancestry question; therefore providing the total responses and not persons count.
The main languages spoken at home by Myanmar-born people in Australia were Burmese (10 407), English (4150) and Karen (3517).
Numbers grew significantly due to the intake of Myanmar people under the Migration Refugee Special Humanitarian Programme.
By 1991, the Census recorded 8223 Myanmar-born people in Australia.
Sources for the Historical Background are available on our website. Among the total Myanmar-born in Australia at the 2011 Census, 13.1 per cent arrived between 20 and 40.2 per cent arrived between 20.At the time of the 2011 Census, the median individual weekly income for the Myanmar-born in Australia aged 15 years and over was 4, compared with 8 for all overseas-born and 7 for all Australia-born.The total Australian population had a median individual weekly income of 7.At the 2011 Census, 46.4 per cent of the Myanmar-born aged 15 years and over had some form of higher non-school qualifications compared to 55.9 per cent of the Australian population.