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Ferntree Gully

Proficiency in English

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

In Ferntree Gully, 545 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 Ferntree Gully'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
Ferntree Gully - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
English proficiencyNumber%City of Knox %Number%City of Knox %2011 to 2016
Speaks English only21,24580.471.022,13285.176.4-887
Speaks another language, and English well or very well3,68013.921.42,83210.918.4+848
Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all5452.13.94011.52.8+144
Not stated9483.63.76282.42.4+320

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, City of Knox: 3.7% Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all, City of Knox: 3.9% Speaks another language, and English well or very well, City of Knox: 21.4% Speaks English only, City of Knox: 71.0% Not stated, Ferntree Gully: 3.6% Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all, Ferntree Gully: 2.1% Speaks another language, and English well or very well, Ferntree Gully: 13.9% Speaks English only, Ferntree Gully: 80.4%
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, Ferntree Gully: +320 Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all, Ferntree Gully: +144 Speaks another language, and English well or very well, Ferntree Gully: +848 Speaks English only, Ferntree Gully: -887
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 Ferntree Gully in 2016 compared to the City of Knox 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, 80.4% of people spoke English only, and 2.1% spoke another language and English not well or not at all, compared with 71.0% and 3.9% respectively for the City of Knox.

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 English only (-887 persons)
  • Speaks another language, and English well or very well (+848 persons)
  • Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all (+144 persons)

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