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Proficiency in English

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

In Harkness, 214 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 Harkness'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
Harkness - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
English proficiencyNumber%City of Melton %Number%City of Melton %2011 to 2016
Speaks English only6,14969.861.34,31777.765.8+1,833
Speaks another language, and English well or very well1,78720.328.381714.725.4+970
Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all2142.43.91212.23.5+93
Not stated6557.46.52975.45.3+359

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 Melton: 6.5% Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all, City of Melton: 3.9% Speaks another language, and English well or very well, City of Melton: 28.3% Speaks English only, City of Melton: 61.3% Not stated, Harkness: 7.4% Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all, Harkness: 2.4% Speaks another language, and English well or very well, Harkness: 20.3% Speaks English only, Harkness: 69.8%
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, Harkness: +359 Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all, Harkness: +93 Speaks another language, and English well or very well, Harkness: +970 Speaks English only, Harkness: +1,833
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 Harkness in 2016 compared to City of Melton 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, 69.8% of people spoke English only, and 2.4% spoke another language and English not well or not at all, compared with 61.3% and 3.9% respectively for City of Melton.

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 (+1,833 persons)
  • Speaks another language, and English well or very well (+970 persons)
  • Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all (+93 persons)

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