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Brisbane LGA

Proficiency in English

In Brisbane LGA, 24,070 people who were able to speak another language in 2006, 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)20062001Change
English proficiencyNumber%Greater Brisbane %Number%Greater Brisbane %2001 to 2006
Speaks English only763,03879.884.2724,28283.286.9+38,756
Speaks another language, and English well or very well113,25911.88.792,82610.78.0+20,433
Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all24,0702.51.820,1012.31.6+3,969
Not stated55,7675.85.333,4653.83.5+22,302

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2001 and 2006. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Proficiency in English, 2006
Proficiency in English, 2006 Not stated, Greater Brisbane: 5.3% Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all, Greater Brisbane: 1.8% Speaks another language, and English well or very well, Greater Brisbane: 8.7% Speaks English only, Greater Brisbane: 84.2% Not stated, Brisbane LGA: 5.8% Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all, Brisbane LGA: 2.5% Speaks another language, and English well or very well, Brisbane LGA: 11.8% Speaks English only, Brisbane LGA: 79.8%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in Proficiency in English, 2001 to 2006
Change in Proficiency in English, 2001 to 2006 Not stated, Brisbane LGA: +22,302 Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all, Brisbane LGA: +3,969 Speaks another language, and English well or very well, Brisbane LGA: +20,433 Speaks English only, Brisbane LGA: +38,756
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2001 and 2006 (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 2006 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, 79.8% of people spoke English only, and 2.5% spoke another language and English not well or not at all, compared with 84.2% and 1.8% respectively for Greater Brisbane.

Emerging groups

The most significant changes in the proficiency in English of the population in this area between 2001 and 2006 were in those speaking:

  • Speaks English only (+38,756 persons)
  • Speaks another language, and English well or very well (+20,433 persons)
  • Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all (+3,969 persons)

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