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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 the City of Brimbank, 25,989 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 Brimbank'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 Brimbank - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
English proficiencyNumber%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %2011 to 2016
Speaks English only69,30335.762.069,22337.966.3+80
Speaks another language, and English well or very well87,04944.826.779,41143.524.0+7,638
Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all25,98913.45.622,90512.55.0+3,084
Not stated11,9756.25.711,1926.14.6+783

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, Greater Melbourne: 5.7% 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: 26.7% Speaks English only, Greater Melbourne: 62.0% Not stated, City of Brimbank: 6.2% Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all, City of Brimbank: 13.4% Speaks another language, and English well or very well, City of Brimbank: 44.8% Speaks English only, City of Brimbank: 35.7%
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, City of Brimbank: +783 Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all, City of Brimbank: +3,084 Speaks another language, and English well or very well, City of Brimbank: +7,638 Speaks English only, City of Brimbank: +80
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 the City of Brimbank in 2016 compared to Greater Melbourne 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, 35.7% of people spoke English only, and 13.4% spoke another language and English not well or not at all, compared with 62.0% 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 2011 and 2016 were in those speaking:

  • Speaks another language, and English well or very well (+7,638 persons)
  • Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all (+3,084 persons)
  • Speaks English only (+80 persons)

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