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Colac Otway Shire

Proficiency in English

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

In Colac Otway Shire, 144 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 Colac Otway Shire'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
Colac Otway Shire - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
English proficiencyNumber%Regional VIC %Number%Regional VIC %2011 to 2016
Speaks English only18,64388.986.618,98493.390.4-341
Speaks another language, and English well or very well7853.75.25252.64.6+260
Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all1440.71.01190.60.8+25
Not stated1,4006.77.27153.54.1+685

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 VIC: 7.2% Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all, Regional VIC: 1.0% Speaks another language, and English well or very well, Regional VIC: 5.2% Speaks English only, Regional VIC: 86.6% Not stated, Colac Otway Shire: 6.7% Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all, Colac Otway Shire: 0.7% Speaks another language, and English well or very well, Colac Otway Shire: 3.7% Speaks English only, Colac Otway Shire: 88.9%
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, Colac Otway Shire: +685 Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all, Colac Otway Shire: +25 Speaks another language, and English well or very well, Colac Otway Shire: +260 Speaks English only, Colac Otway Shire: -341
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 and 2016 (Usual residence data)
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Dominant groups

Analysis of the proficiency in English data of the population in Colac Otway Shire in 2016 compared to Regional VIC shows that there was a higher proportion of people who spoke English only, and a similar proportion of people who spoke another language and English not well or not at all.

Overall, 88.9% of people spoke English only, and 0.7% spoke another language and English not well or not at all, compared with 86.6% and 1.0% respectively for Regional VIC.

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 English only (-341 persons)
  • Speaks another language, and English well or very well (+260 persons)

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