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Gunnedah Shire

Proficiency in English

In the Gunnedah Shire, 25 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 the Gunnedah 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
Gunnedah Shire - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
English proficiencyNumber%Regional NSW %Number%Regional NSW %2006 to 2011
Speaks English only11,21692.890.410,99495.391.0+222
Speaks another language, and English well or very well1731.44.51291.13.9+44
Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all250.20.7180.20.7+7
Not Stated6685.54.43973.44.4+271

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, Regional NSW: 4.4% Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all, Regional NSW: 0.7% Speaks another language, and English well or very well, Regional NSW: 4.5% Speaks English only, Regional NSW: 90.4% Not Stated, Gunnedah Shire: 5.5% Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all, Gunnedah Shire: 0.2% Speaks another language, and English well or very well, Gunnedah Shire: 1.4% Speaks English only, Gunnedah Shire: 92.8%
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, Gunnedah Shire: +271 Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all, Gunnedah Shire: +7 Speaks another language, and English well or very well, Gunnedah Shire: +44 Speaks English only, Gunnedah Shire: +222
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 the Gunnedah Shire in 2011 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, 92.8% of people spoke English only, and 0.2% spoke another language and English not well or not at all, compared with 90.4% and 0.7% respectively for Regional NSW.

Emerging groups

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

  • Speaks English only (+222 persons)

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