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Balwyn North

Proficiency in English

In Balwyn North, 1,002 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 Balwyn North'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 North - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
English proficiencyNumber%City of Boroondara %Number%City of Boroondara %2006 to 2011
Speaks English only12,12960.872.912,56363.475.0-434
Speaks another language, and English well or very well6,32731.720.45,66528.617.7+661
Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all1,0025.03.19294.72.7+73
Not stated5002.53.66643.34.6-164

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, City of Boroondara: 3.6% Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all, City of Boroondara: 3.1% Speaks another language, and English well or very well, City of Boroondara: 20.4% Speaks English only, City of Boroondara: 72.9% Not stated, Balwyn North: 2.5% Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all, Balwyn North: 5.0% Speaks another language, and English well or very well, Balwyn North: 31.7% Speaks English only, Balwyn North: 60.8%
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, Balwyn North: -164 Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all, Balwyn North: +73 Speaks another language, and English well or very well, Balwyn North: +661 Speaks English only, Balwyn North: -434
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 Balwyn North in 2011 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, 60.8% of people spoke English only, and 5.0% spoke another language and English not well or not at all, compared with 72.9% and 3.1% respectively for the City of Boroondara.

Emerging groups

The most significant changes in the proficiency in English of the population in this area between 2006 and 2011 were in those speaking:

  • Speaks another language, and English well or very well (+661 persons)
  • Speaks English only (-434 persons)
  • Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all (+73 persons)

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