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In Sunshine, 1,153 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 Sunshine'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
Sunshine - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
English proficiencyNumber%City of Brimbank %Number%City of Brimbank %2006 to 2011
Speaks English only3,57240.537.94,07050.440.7-498
Speaks another language, and English well or very well3,43738.943.52,60632.340.9+831
Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all1,15313.112.595211.812.7+201
Not Stated6687.66.14525.65.7+216

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 Brimbank: 6.1% Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all, City of Brimbank: 12.5% Speaks another language, and English well or very well, City of Brimbank: 43.5% Speaks English only, City of Brimbank: 37.9% Not Stated, Sunshine: 7.6% Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all, Sunshine: 13.1% Speaks another language, and English well or very well, Sunshine: 38.9% Speaks English only, Sunshine: 40.5%
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, Sunshine: +216 Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all, Sunshine: +201 Speaks another language, and English well or very well, Sunshine: +831 Speaks English only, Sunshine: -498
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 Sunshine in 2011 compared to City of Brimbank shows that there was a higher proportion of people who spoke English only, as well as a higher proportion of people who spoke another language and English not well or not at all.

Overall, 40.5% of people spoke English only, and 13.1% spoke another language and English not well or not at all, compared with 37.9% and 12.5% respectively for City of Brimbank.

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 (+831 persons)
  • Speaks English only (-498 persons)
  • Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all (+201 persons)

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