Key to engaging with the community, especially in a multi-cultural city like Melbourne is understanding ancestral mix that exisits. Below it can be see the catchment of the church is roughly equivalent to the rest of Melbourne as far as the percentage of residents having parents born abroad goes. This is a much higher rate than Victoria as a whole as well as Australia. This rate varies by suburb peaking in Caulfield - South.
Parents Born Abroad
Again these numbers are detailed in table to the right.
What we can also see is an implied ethnic mix of the church. Although this data is not kept at an individual level by the church, it can be derived by considering which meshblock the church members reside in. This considers if they are in meshblocks of high or low numbers of those with foreign born parents. This data is then aggregated to provide a view of the church membership.
This does NOT give an accurate figure but is very effective in seeing any bias from the general population. From this we can see that church members are more likely to have no parents born abroad compared to the population as a whole. In reality, the actual percentage of those with no parents born abroad will be much higher within the church membership.
Below we can see these figures represented geographically. Those in dark blue have the highest percent of those having both parents born abroad.
Mapping the percentage with both parents born abroad
The map below shows for each SA1 unit the most common country a person was born in (excluding Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom). It can be seen there are different ethnic communities in different areas. There is a large Greek born population to the West for instance. By hovering over the dot you can see what percentage of that ethnicity are living in the SA1 area.
Mapping the most common birthplace (excluding Australia, NZ and the UK)
A better representation of cultural mix is often seen by declared ancestry and this is also mapped below. This maps the ancestry census responders consider themselves to be. This again excludes all British settled countries including Australia. This also reveals a large Chinese community to the North and Polish community to the South.
Mapping the most common ancestry (excluding British settled countries)
It is also worth noting the reasons immigrants arrive in Australia within the church catchment area. Each group will have very different needs. In the church area immigrants are far more likely to arrive in Australia for professional reasons, as opposed to family or humanitarian reasons.
Reason for immigrant settlement