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Sunshine West

Proficiency in English

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

In Sunshine West, 2,977 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 Sunshine West'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 West - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
English proficiencyNumber%City of Brimbank %Number%City of Brimbank %2011 to 2016
Speaks English only5,40029.135.75,00929.937.9+391
Speaks another language, and English well or very well9,07648.944.87,97847.743.5+1,098
Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all2,97716.013.42,76516.512.5+212
Not stated1,0995.96.29745.86.1+125

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 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% Not stated, Sunshine West: 5.9% Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all, Sunshine West: 16.0% Speaks another language, and English well or very well, Sunshine West: 48.9% Speaks English only, Sunshine West: 29.1%
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, Sunshine West: +125 Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all, Sunshine West: +212 Speaks another language, and English well or very well, Sunshine West: +1,098 Speaks English only, Sunshine West: +391
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 Sunshine West in 2016 compared to City of Brimbank 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, 29.1% of people spoke English only, and 16.0% spoke another language and English not well or not at all, compared with 35.7% and 13.4% respectively for City of Brimbank.

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 (+1,098 persons)
  • Speaks English only (+391 persons)
  • Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all (+212 persons)

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