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Proficiency in English

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In the City of Boroondara, 6,814 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 City of Boroondara'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
City of Boroondara - Total persons (Enumerated)20161996Change
English proficiencyNumber%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %1996 to 2016
Speaks English only112,33468.261.9114,03979.471.4-1,705
Speaks another language, and English well or very well38,62423.526.820,95114.619.8+17,673
Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all6,8144.15.64,2302.95.5+2,584
Not stated6,8314.25.64,4143.13.2+2,417

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 1996 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Proficiency in English, 2016
Proficiency in English, 2016 Not stated, Greater Melbourne: 5.6% Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all, Greater Melbourne: 5.6% Speaks another language, and English well or very well, Greater Melbourne: 26.8% Speaks English only, Greater Melbourne: 61.9% Not stated, City of Boroondara: 4.2% Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all, City of Boroondara: 4.1% Speaks another language, and English well or very well, City of Boroondara: 23.5% Speaks English only, City of Boroondara: 68.2%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016 (Enumerated data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in Proficiency in English, 1996 to 2016
Change in Proficiency in English, 1996 to 2016 Not stated, City of Boroondara: +2,417 Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all, City of Boroondara: +2,584 Speaks another language, and English well or very well, City of Boroondara: +17,673 Speaks English only, City of Boroondara: -1,705
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 1996 and 2016 (Enumerated 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 City of Boroondara in 2016 compared to Greater Melbourne shows that there was a higher proportion of people who spoke English only, and a lower proportion of people who spoke another language and English not well or not at all.

Overall, 68.2% of people spoke English only, and 4.1% spoke another language and English not well or not at all, compared with 61.9% and 5.6% respectively for Greater Melbourne.

Emerging groups

The most significant changes in the proficiency in English of the population in this area between 1996 and 2016 were in those speaking:

  • Speaks another language, and English well or very well (+17,673 persons)
  • Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all (+2,584 persons)
  • Speaks English only (-1,705 persons)

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