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Brisbane LGA

Proficiency in English

In Brisbane LGA, 29,970 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 Brisbane LGA'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
Brisbane LGA - Total persons (Usual residence)20112001Change
English proficiencyNumber%Greater Brisbane %Number%Greater Brisbane %2001 to 2011
Speaks English only798,67076.782.1724,28283.286.9+74,388
Speaks another language, and English well or very well162,96615.611.392,82610.78.0+70,140
Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all29,9702.92.020,1012.31.6+9,869
Not stated50,2274.84.633,4653.83.5+16,762

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2001 and 2011. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Proficiency in English, 2011
Proficiency in English, 2011 Not stated, Greater Brisbane: 4.6% Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all, Greater Brisbane: 2.0% Speaks another language, and English well or very well, Greater Brisbane: 11.3% Speaks English only, Greater Brisbane: 82.1% Not stated, Brisbane LGA: 4.8% Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all, Brisbane LGA: 2.9% Speaks another language, and English well or very well, Brisbane LGA: 15.6% Speaks English only, Brisbane LGA: 76.7%
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, 2001 to 2011
Change in Proficiency in English, 2001 to 2011 Not stated, Brisbane LGA: +16,762 Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all, Brisbane LGA: +9,869 Speaks another language, and English well or very well, Brisbane LGA: +70,140 Speaks English only, Brisbane LGA: +74,388
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2001 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 Brisbane LGA in 2011 compared to Greater Brisbane 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, 76.7% of people spoke English only, and 2.9% spoke another language and English not well or not at all, compared with 82.1% and 2.0% respectively for Greater Brisbane.

Emerging groups

The most significant changes in the proficiency in English of the population in this area between 2001 and 2011 were in those speaking:

  • Speaks English only (+74,388 persons)
  • Speaks another language, and English well or very well (+70,140 persons)
  • Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all (+9,869 persons)

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