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Shire of Ashburton

Proficiency in English

In the Shire of Ashburton, 46 people who were able to speak another language in 2011, 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)20112006Change
English proficiencyNumber%Regional WA %Number%Regional WA %2006 to 2011
Speaks English only7,85278.584.55,05483.186.6+2,798
Speaks another language, and English well or very well7017.06.53666.04.9+335
Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all460.50.9370.60.7+9
Not stated1,40114.08.162310.27.7+778

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2006 and 2011. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Proficiency in English, 2011
Proficiency in English, 2011 Not stated, Regional WA: 8.1% 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: 6.5% Speaks English only, Regional WA: 84.5% Not stated, Shire of Ashburton: 14.0% Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all, Shire of Ashburton: 0.5% Speaks another language, and English well or very well, Shire of Ashburton: 7.0% Speaks English only, Shire of Ashburton: 78.5%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in Proficiency in English, 2006 to 2011
Change in Proficiency in English, 2006 to 2011 Not stated, Shire of Ashburton: +778 Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all, Shire of Ashburton: +9 Speaks another language, and English well or very well, Shire of Ashburton: +335 Speaks English only, Shire of Ashburton: +2,798
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2011 (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 2011 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, 78.5% of people spoke English only, and 0.5% spoke another language and English not well or not at all, compared with 84.5% 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 2006 and 2011 were in those speaking:

  • Speaks English only (+2,798 persons)
  • Speaks another language, and English well or very well (+335 persons)

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