Bosnian Australians

Bosnian Australians
Total population
39,440 (by birth, 2011)
20,247 (by ancestry, 2011)[1]
Regions with significant populations
Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Brisbane
Australian English · Bosnian
Predominantly Sunni Islam
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Bosnian Australians are Australian citizens of Bosnian ancestry or Bosnia and Herzegovina-born people who reside in Australia. According to the 2011 Australian census 39,440 Australians were born in Bosnia and Herzegovina.[2]


The vast majority of Bosnian migrants began arriving in Australia during and after the Bosnian War which took place between April 1992 and December 1995. There were smaller waves after World War II and again in the 1960s and 1970s.

Bosnian migrants who arrived in Australia in the 1960s made important contributions to modern-day Australia through their role in the construction of the Snowy Mountains Scheme in New South Wales.


The majority of Bosnians that arrived in Australia are Muslim, with a fewer number having Orthodox and Catholic backgrounds. Some Bosnians are inter-ethnic with some having interfaith marriages. The recent war in the 1990s created a situation where sensitivity is required in relation to ethnicity for self-identification and language spoken.


Bosnian Australians mainly live in New South Wales and Victoria, especially in the cities of Melbourne and Sydney. In Melbourne they reside mostly in the City of Greater Dandenong.

In Sydney they are concentrated in Fairfield, Liverpool, Blacktown, and Hurstville.

The Bosnian community in Brisbane is centered around the southern suburbs including Acacia Ridge, Sunnybank, Runcorn and Kuraby. The Bosnian Islamic Centre is located at Eight Mile Plains.

Perth's vibrant Bosnian community are predominantly in Mirrabooka, Beechboro, Balga and Morley.



Currently in Sydney and Melbourne SBS Radio broadcasts in the Bosnian language for an hour a day. Other community stations such as 3ZZZ also broadcast in Bosnian.


FC Bossy Liverpool

Notable Bosnian Australians

See also


  1. "The People of Australia – Statistics from the 2011 Census" (PDF). Australian Government.
  2. "Migration, Australia, 2011–12 and 2012–13" (XLS). Australian Bureau of Statistics. 18 December 2013. Retrieved 16 May 2013. (table 9.1 of downloadable XL file: "Estimated resident population, Country of birth, State/territory, Age and sex – 30 June 2011")
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