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Shire of Ashburton

Proficiency in English

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This topic has been updated with 2016 Census data for all areas. What's this?

In the Shire of Ashburton, 81 people who were able to speak another language in 2016, reported difficulty speaking English.

Proficiency in English measures the self-assessed proficiency in spoken English of people who speak a language other than English at home. The data, when viewed with other ethnic and cultural indicators, such as Ancestry, Country of Birth, Language Spoken at Home and Religion, reflects the Shire of Ashburton's ethnic composition and how long the overseas born have been in Australia. This helps service providers determine whether they need to communicate with the local population in languages other than English.

Derived from the Census question:

'How well does the person speak English?'

Total population

Proficiency in English
Shire of Ashburton - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
English proficiencyNumber%Regional WA %Number%Regional WA %2011 to 2016
Speaks English only9,39472.181.77,85278.584.5+1,542
Speaks another language, and English well or very well1,42711.07.67017.06.5+726
Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all810.60.9460.50.9+35
Not stated2,12816.39.81,40114.08.1+727

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Proficiency in English, 2016
Proficiency in English, 2016 Not stated, Regional WA: 9.8% Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all, Regional WA: 0.9% Speaks another language, and English well or very well, Regional WA: 7.6% Speaks English only, Regional WA: 81.7% Not stated, Shire of Ashburton: 16.3% Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all, Shire of Ashburton: 0.6% Speaks another language, and English well or very well, Shire of Ashburton: 11.0% Speaks English only, Shire of Ashburton: 72.1%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in Proficiency in English, 2011 to 2016
Change in Proficiency in English, 2011 to 2016 Not stated, Shire of Ashburton: +727 Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all, Shire of Ashburton: +35 Speaks another language, and English well or very well, Shire of Ashburton: +726 Speaks English only, Shire of Ashburton: +1,542
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 and 2016 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the proficiency in English data of the population in the Shire of Ashburton in 2016 compared to Regional WA shows that there was a lower proportion of people who spoke English only, and a similar proportion of people who spoke another language and English not well or not at all.

Overall, 72.1% of people spoke English only, and 0.6% spoke another language and English not well or not at all, compared with 81.7% and 0.9% respectively for Regional WA.

Emerging groups

The most significant changes in the proficiency in English of the population in this area between 2011 and 2016 were in those speaking:

  • Speaks English only (+1,542 persons)
  • Speaks another language, and English well or very well (+726 persons)

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