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Proficiency in English

In Broken Hill City, 42 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 Broken Hill City'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
Broken Hill City - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
English proficiencyNumber%Regional NSW %Number%Regional NSW %2011 to 2016
Speaks English only15,70588.787.116,91891.490.4-1,213
Speaks another language, and English well or very well4322.45.14032.24.5+29
Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all420.20.9600.30.7-18
Not stated1,5218.66.91,1366.14.4+385

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, Regional NSW: 6.9% Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all, Regional NSW: 0.9% Speaks another language, and English well or very well, Regional NSW: 5.1% Speaks English only, Regional NSW: 87.1% Not stated, Broken Hill City: 8.6% Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all, Broken Hill City: 0.2% Speaks another language, and English well or very well, Broken Hill City: 2.4% Speaks English only, Broken Hill City: 88.7%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016 (Usual residence data)
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Change in Proficiency in English, 2011 to 2016
Change in Proficiency in English, 2011 to 2016 Not stated, Broken Hill City: +385 Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all, Broken Hill City: -18 Speaks another language, and English well or very well, Broken Hill City: +29 Speaks English only, Broken Hill City: -1,213
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 Broken Hill City in 2016 compared to Regional NSW shows that there was a higher proportion of people who spoke English only, and a lower proportion of people who spoke another language and English not well or not at all.

Overall, 88.7% of people spoke English only, and 0.2% spoke another language and English not well or not at all, compared with 87.1% and 0.9% respectively for Regional NSW.

Emerging groups

The most significant change in the proficiency in English of the population in this area between 2011 and 2016 was in those speaking:

  • Speaks English only (-1,213 persons)

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