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Non-English speakers - Proficiency in English

In 2011, 4,077 non-English speakers in the City of Knox reported difficulty speaking English.

Proficiency in English is an important indicator for the non-English speaking 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 migrants from places where English is widely spoken may have higher proficiency levels as well. English 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, Country of Birth and Age Structure.

Derived from the Census question:

'How well does the person speak English?'

People speaking a language other than English at home

Proficiency in English
City of Knox - Non-English speakers20112006Change
English proficiencyNumber%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %2006 to 2011
Speaks another language, and English well or very well27,17186.181.722,27185.780.0+4,900
Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all4,07712.917.03,30812.718.4+769
Not stated3121.01.33991.51.6-87

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 Melbourne: 1.3% Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all, Greater Melbourne: 17.0% Speaks another language, and English well or very well, Greater Melbourne: 81.7% Not stated, City of Knox: 1.0% Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all, City of Knox: 12.9% Speaks another language, and English well or very well, City of Knox: 86.1%
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 Knox: -87 Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all, City of Knox: +769 Speaks another language, and English well or very well, City of Knox: +4,900
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 non-English speaking population in the City of Knox in 2011 compared to Greater Melbourne shows that there was a lower proportion of people who spoke another language and English not well or not at all.

Overall, 12.9% of non-English speakers spoke another language and English not well or not at all, compared with 0.0% and 17.0% respectively for Greater Melbourne.

Emerging groups

The most significant changes in the proficiency in English of the non-English speaking population in the City of Knox between 2006 and 2011 were:

  • Speaks another language, and English well or very well (+4,900 persons)
  • Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all (+769 persons)
  • Not stated (-87 persons)