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Proficiency in English

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

In Balwyn, 1,041 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 Balwyn'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
Balwyn - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
English proficiencyNumber%City of Boroondara %Number%City of Boroondara %2011 to 2016
Speaks English only7,59656.668.18,32363.872.9-728
Speaks another language, and English well or very well4,22731.523.23,66428.120.4+563
Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all1,0417.84.17155.53.1+326
Not stated5454.14.63522.73.6+193

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, City of Boroondara: 4.6% 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: 23.2% Speaks English only, City of Boroondara: 68.1% Not stated, Balwyn: 4.1% Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all, Balwyn: 7.8% Speaks another language, and English well or very well, Balwyn: 31.5% Speaks English only, Balwyn: 56.6%
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, Balwyn: +193 Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all, Balwyn: +326 Speaks another language, and English well or very well, Balwyn: +563 Speaks English only, Balwyn: -728
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 Balwyn in 2016 compared to the City of Boroondara 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, 56.6% of people spoke English only, and 7.8% spoke another language and English not well or not at all, compared with 68.1% and 4.1% respectively for the City of Boroondara.

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 (-728 persons)
  • Speaks another language, and English well or very well (+563 persons)
  • Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all (+326 persons)

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