By Mick Symons MAPS, Manager, Member Services
Recently APS members were asked to indicate their country of birth and that of their parents in order for the Society to gain an appreciation of the cultural background of its members. While responding was optional, around 30 per cent of members provided the requested information. All new members joining the Society are now asked to indicate their ethnicity.
As can be seen from the accompanying summary table, almost 75 per cent of those who responded were born in Australia with 13 respondents identifying themselves as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.
From the response sample, the proportion of members’ mothers born in Australia was 60per cent, and members’ fathers only 57 per cent. That is, about 560 members or 13 per cent of those who responded were likely to be children of migrants to Australia.
From the continent summaries it can be seen that the main source of migration was Europe. including the United Kingdom, Italy, Greece, Poland, Ireland, Hungary, Germany, Croatia, the Netherlands, Malta, Austria, and Cyprus.
Some other continents like the Americas had very similar figures for each category that suggests that either the whole family moved to Australia when the member was a child or the member came to Australia as an adult.
The Middle East and Asia account for a small portion of the migrant total, and the African result is harder to explain. Perhaps some of those families moved from elsewhere to Africa where the member was born, who subsequently moved to Australia.
If you have not yet completed the Ethnicity form and would like to have your ethnicity recorded, then you can download the form from the same page, or alternatively ring 1800 333 497 and we will send a form to you.