Serbian Australians

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Serbian Australians
Аустралијски Срби
Australijski Srbi
Total population
  • 69,544 of Serbian ancestry (2011)[1]
  • 20,267 Serbia-born (2011)[2]
Regions with significant populations
Sydney, Melbourne, Perth
Australian English, Serbian
Serbian Orthodox Church

Serbian Australians are citizens of Australia who are of Serbian birth or descent. In the 2011 census, there were 69,544 people in Australia of Serbian ancestry. Large Serbian communities and ethnic neighbourhoods can be found in Sydney, Melbourne, and Perth. There are many Serbian Australians that were born in today's Croatia as well as Bosnia-Herzegovina; due to this they are recorded under those statistics. The Serbian Australians are one of the largest Serb diaspora communities.


Serbs have migrated to Australia in various waves during the 20th century. A wave of immigrants came during and after the World War II, the majority of whom were members of royalist Chetniks movement along with their families. Serbs were a large part of the immigrant community between 1948 and 1955. In 1951 the mostly pro-royalist Serbian communities founded a chapter of the Chicago-based Serbian National Defense Council in Sydney.[3] In 1954 there were 6,118 Yugoslav immigrants in Victoria. Many of those who settled in Victoria had worked in Western Europe (i.e. Germany) prior to coming. The 1961–1971 numbers increase to 49,755 people. After the Yugoslav Wars that broke the federal state of Yugoslavia, Serbia and Montenegro (Federal Republic of Yugoslavia) succeeded as a federal union.[4]


People with Serbian ancestry as a percentage of the population in Sydney divided geographically by postal area, as of the 2011 census

The 2011 census recorded 69,544 people of Serbian ancestry,[5] 55,114 (0.3%) of which were English and Serbian-speakers and 9,857 only Serbian-speakers.[5] The 2006 census recorded 95,362 people of Serbian ancestry.[5]

Estimations of the total number of ethnic Serbs (including by ancestry) vary between over 100,000,[6] c. 350,000.[7] Serbs also mainly live around Sydney Cabramatta Liverpool and in other south western Sydney areas

Notable people[edit]

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See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Fact sheet – Ancestry – Serbian". 16 August 2012. Retrieved 4 January 2016.
  2. ^ "Australian Government Department of Immigration and Border Protection" (PDF). Retrieved 4 January 2016.
  3. ^ Stefanovic, D.S. (2002). "Serbs". In James Jupp. The Australian People: An Encyclopedia of the Nation, its People and their Origins. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. p. 678. ISBN 978-0-521-80789-0.
  4. ^ "Origins: History of immigration from Serbia – Immigration Museum, Melbourne Australia". Retrieved 4 January 2016.
  5. ^ a b c "The People of Australia – Statistics from the 2011 Census" (PDF). Department of Immigration and Border Protection. 2014: 59. ISBN 978-1-920996-23-9. Ancestry
  6. ^ "Manje Srba u Australiji?". Srpska Dijaspora. 2011. Retrieved 4 January 2016.
  7. ^ Palić, Svetlana (17 July 2011). "Četiri miliona Srba našlo uhlebljenje u inostranstvu". Blic. Retrieved 4 January 2016. Australiji (130.000)
  8. ^ "One Serb's Crusade Against his Privacy Being Invaded by Facebook". Britić.
  9. ^ "Bivša Miss Srbije Vedrana Grbović: Đoković me nasmejao do suza!". Svet.
  10. ^ "Naš Andrej je lep ko lutka!" [Our Andrej Is Beautiful Like a Doll!]. Alo! (in Serbian). 31 December 2011. Archived from the original on 9 January 2012. Retrieved 31 December 2011.
  11. ^ "Srpkinja sa titulom Mis Australije: Upoznajte Moniku Radulović". Cosmopolitan.

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