Proficiency in English
In Bankstown Balance, 2,201 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 Bankstown Balance'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?'
|Proficiency in English|
|Bankstown Balance - Total persons (Enumerated)||2011||2006||Change|
|English proficiency||Number||%||Bankstown City %||Number||%||Bankstown City %||2006 to 2011|
|Speaks English only||2,436||19.3||39.7||4001||2,602||22.6||43.5||-166|
|Speaks another language, and English well or very well||7,169||56.7||43.6||4002||6,191||53.7||39.7||+978|
|Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all||2,201||17.4||11.0||4003||1,951||16.9||10.6||+250|
Analysis of the proficiency in English data of the population in Bankstown Balance in 2011 compared to Bankstown City shows that there was a lower proportion of people who spoke English only, and a higher proportion of people who spoke another language and English not well or not at all.
Overall, 19.3% of people spoke English only, and 17.4% spoke another language and English not well or not at all, compared with 39.7% and 11.0% respectively for Bankstown City.
The most significant changes in the proficiency in English of the population in this area between 2006 and 2011 were in those speaking:
- Speaks another language, and English well or very well (+978 persons)
- Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all (+250 persons)
- Speaks English only (-166 persons)