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Proficiency in English

In City of Darwin, 2,219 people who were able to speak another language in 2011, 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 City of Darwin'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
City of Darwin - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
English proficiencyNumber%Greater Darwin %Number%Greater Darwin %2006 to 2011
Speaks English only49,25967.572.749,11174.176.8+148
Speaks another language, and English well or very well13,20018.113.79,11013.710.7+4,090
Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all2,2193.02.21,7432.62.0+476
Not Stated8,25811.311.46,3249.510.6+1,934

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 Darwin: 11.4% Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all, Greater Darwin: 2.2% Speaks another language, and English well or very well, Greater Darwin: 13.7% Speaks English only, Greater Darwin: 72.7% Not Stated, City of Darwin: 11.3% Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all, City of Darwin: 3.0% Speaks another language, and English well or very well, City of Darwin: 18.1% Speaks English only, City of Darwin: 67.5%
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, City of Darwin: +1,934 Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all, City of Darwin: +476 Speaks another language, and English well or very well, City of Darwin: +4,090 Speaks English only, City of Darwin: +148
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2011 (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 City of Darwin in 2011 compared to Greater Darwin 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, 67.5% of people spoke English only, and 3.0% spoke another language and English not well or not at all, compared with 72.7% and 2.2% respectively for Greater Darwin.

Emerging groups

The most significant changes in the proficiency in English of the population in this area between 2006 and 2011 were in those speaking:

  • Speaks another language, and English well or very well (+4,090 persons)
  • Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all (+476 persons)
  • Speaks English only (+148 persons)

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