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Central Coast Council area

Overseas born - Proficiency in English

In 2011, 1,159 overseas born people reported difficulty speaking English in the Central Coast Council area.

Proficiency in English is an important indicator for the Overseas-born population. This may indicate the level to which translation services or communication in other languages is required for each culturally diverse community.

Typically, populations which migrated many years ago may have better English proficiency than recent migrants, and naturally migrants from English speaking countries (or countries where English is widely spoken as a second language) could be expected to have good English proficiency. Proficiency is a self-assessment by the respondent or their family, there is no objective review of this characteristic, so numbers should be treated as a guide only. To further build this story, English proficiency should be looked at in conjunction with Year of Arrival, Language Spoken at Home and Age Structure.

Derived from the Census question:

'How well does the person speak English?'

People born overseas

Proficiency in English
Central Coast Council area - Overseas born20112006Change
English proficiencyNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2006 to 2011
Speaks English only33,19976.232.331,22579.134.9+1,974
Speaks another language, and English well or very well9,12120.953.57,23418.350.5+1,887
Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all1,1592.713.69122.314.0+247
Not stated1010.20.6920.20.6+9

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, Greater Sydney: 0.6% Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all, Greater Sydney: 13.6% Speaks another language, and English well or very well, Greater Sydney: 53.5% Speaks English only, Greater Sydney: 32.3% Not stated, Central Coast Council area: 0.2% Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all, Central Coast Council area: 2.7% Speaks another language, and English well or very well, Central Coast Council area: 20.9% Speaks English only, Central Coast Council area: 76.2%
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, Central Coast Council area: +9 Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all, Central Coast Council area: +247 Speaks another language, and English well or very well, Central Coast Council area: +1,887 Speaks English only, Central Coast Council area: +1,974
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2011 (Enumerated data)
Compiled and presented by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the proficiency in English data of the overseas born population in the Central Coast Council area in 2011 compared to Greater Sydney 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, 76.2% of overseas born people spoke English only, and 2.7% spoke another language and English not well or not at all, compared with 32.3% and 13.6% respectively for Greater Sydney.

Emerging groups

The most significant changes in the proficiency in English of the overseas born population in the Central Coast Council area between 2006 and 2011 were:

  • Speaks English only (+1,974 persons)
  • Speaks another language, and English well or very well (+1,887 persons)
  • Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all (+247 persons)

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