POLISH COMMUNITY IN VICTORIA
The Polish community is a medium-size community and Victoria has the largest number of Polish-born and people of Polish descent in Australia.
At the 2011 Census , there were 16, 385 Poland born persons in Victoria (33.7% of Australia's total), decreasing by 9,3% (1,686) from 18, 071 persons in 2006. the Poland-born were fairly well distributed throughout Metropolitan Melbourne, with minor concentrations in the local government areas of Glen Eira (11.3%); Brimbark (7.8%); Casey (7.8%); Dandenong (5.3%); and Monash (4.7%). Over three-quarters (78.5%) of the Poland born in Victoria had arrived in Australian prior to 1991; 10.6% had arrived between 1991 and 2000; and 7.2% had arrived between 2001 and 2011.
The Poland-born community reflected an ageing profile: 3.4% were aged 25 years and below; 19.7% were aged 26 - 44 years; 39.2% were aged 45 - 64 years; and 37.7% were aged 65 years and over. The median age was 59 years, compared to 37 years for the total Victorian population. The gender ratio was 76 males to 100 females, compared to 98 males to 100 females for total Victoria.
Over two - thirds (68.4%) were Western Catholic; 10.2% followed Judaism; 2.1% were Seventh-day Adventist; 9.2% had no religion. Three- quarters (74.3%) of the Poland-born spoke a language other thank English; 11.0% assessed themselves as speaking English not well or not at all. Most (91.2%) held Australian Citizenship, compare to 63.1% for the total overseas born population in Victoria. Over one-third (37.2%) of the Poland-born aged 15 years and over received a weekly personal income of less $400; 6.3% received no income.