Geographic Origins

The United Republic of Tanzania is in East Africa. It is bordered by Lake Tanganyika, Burundi and Rwanda to the west, Uganda, Lake Victoria and Kenya to the north, the Indian Ocean to the east, and by Mozambique, Lake Nyasa, Malawi and Zambia to the south.

History of Immigration and Settlement

African and Asian Tanzanians have immigrated to Australia since 1973, when the 1901 Immigration Restriction Act, better known as the White Australia Policy, was abolished.

Community Activities

A number of Tanzanian South Australians are involved in the African Community Organisation of South Australia. For further information on community activities and organisations consult the African entry.

Tanzania maintains an honorary consulate in Forestville, SA.

Organisations and Media

  • African Community Organisation of South Australia Inc.
  • Tanzanian Community Association of South Australia (TCASA)


Tanzanians were first listed as a separate category in Australian census data in 1991.

The 1986 census recorded that 301 South Australians had been born in Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda or Zambia.

The 1991 census recorded 92 Tanzanian-born South Australians. Sixty-eight people said that their mothers were born in Tanzania, and 99 that their fathers were.

According to the 1996 census there were 96 Tanzanian-born South Australians, this represented 6.3 per cent of the national total of 1,525 persons.

The 2001 census recorded 109 Tanzanian-born South Australians, while 29 people said that they were of Tanzanian descent.

The 2006 census recorded 216 Tanzanian-born South Australians, while 26 people said that they were of Tanzanian descent.

The 2011 census recorded 455 Tanzanian-born South Australians, while 47 people said that they were of Tanzanian descent.

The 2016 census recorded 513 Tanzanian-born South Australians, while 128 people said that they were of Tanzanian descent.

By Migration Museum

This article is part of the From Many Places project documenting the diverse cultural groups in South Australia. It is a project started by the Migration Museum in 1992 and continued in partnership today. 

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