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Overseas born - Proficiency in English

In 2011, 3,196 overseas born people reported difficulty speaking English in the City of Knox.

Proficiency in English is an important indicator for the Overseas-born 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 naturally migrants from English speaking countries (or countries where English is widely spoken as a second language) could be expected to have good English proficiency. 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, Language Spoken at Home and Age Structure.

Derived from the Census question:

'How well does the person speak English?'

People born overseas

Proficiency in English
Dandenong Foothills Policy Area - Overseas born20112006Change
English proficiencyNumber%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %2006 to 2011
Speaks English only18,07943.634.418,37749.937.5-298
Speaks another language, and English well or very well19,98448.252.015,70642.748.0+4,278
Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all3,1967.713.02,5717.013.8+625
Not stated1650.40.61640.40.6+1

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: 0.6% Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all, Greater Melbourne: 13.0% Speaks another language, and English well or very well, Greater Melbourne: 52.0% Speaks English only, Greater Melbourne: 34.4% Not stated, Dandenong Foothills Policy Area: 0.4% Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all, Dandenong Foothills Policy Area: 7.7% Speaks another language, and English well or very well, Dandenong Foothills Policy Area: 48.2% Speaks English only, Dandenong Foothills Policy Area: 43.6%
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, Dandenong Foothills Policy Area: +1 Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all, Dandenong Foothills Policy Area: +625 Speaks another language, and English well or very well, Dandenong Foothills Policy Area: +4,278 Speaks English only, Dandenong Foothills Policy Area: -298
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 overseas born population in Dandenong Foothills Policy Area in 2011 compared to Greater Melbourne 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, 43.6% of overseas born people spoke English only, and 7.7% spoke another language and English not well or not at all, compared with 34.4% and 13.0% respectively for Greater Melbourne.

Emerging groups

The most significant changes in the proficiency in English of the overseas born population in the City of Knox between 2006 and 2011 were:

  • Speaks another language, and English well or very well (+4,278 persons)
  • Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all (+625 persons)
  • Speaks English only (-298 persons)