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Greater Western Sydney Region

Proficiency in English

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

In the Greater Western Sydney Region, 174,437 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 the Greater Western Sydney Region'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
Greater Western Sydney Region - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
English proficiencyNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2011 to 2016
Speaks English only1,131,09952.458.41,095,25656.462.2+35,843
Speaks another language, and English well or very well734,62234.029.3610,87131.426.7+123,750
Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all174,4378.16.5141,6837.35.8+32,753
Not stated117,8805.55.895,5444.95.4+22,336

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, Greater Sydney: 5.8% Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all, Greater Sydney: 6.5% Speaks another language, and English well or very well, Greater Sydney: 29.3% Speaks English only, Greater Sydney: 58.4% Not stated, Greater Western Sydney Region: 5.5% Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all, Greater Western Sydney Region: 8.1% Speaks another language, and English well or very well, Greater Western Sydney Region: 34.0% Speaks English only, Greater Western Sydney Region: 52.4%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in Proficiency in English, 2011 to 2016
Change in Proficiency in English, 2011 to 2016 Not stated, Greater Western Sydney Region: +22,336 Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all, Greater Western Sydney Region: +32,753 Speaks another language, and English well or very well, Greater Western Sydney Region: +123,750 Speaks English only, Greater Western Sydney Region: +35,843
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 the Greater Western Sydney Region in 2016 compared to Greater Sydney 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, 52.4% of people spoke English only, and 8.1% spoke another language and English not well or not at all, compared with 58.4% and 6.5% respectively for Greater Sydney.

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 another language, and English well or very well (+123,750 persons)
  • Speaks English only (+35,843 persons)
  • Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all (+32,753 persons)

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