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West Region

Proficiency in English

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

In West Region, 682 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 West Region'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
West Region - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
English proficiencyNumber%City of Mitcham %Number%City of Mitcham %2011 to 2016
Speaks English only13,98071.681.613,92673.584.0+54
Speaks another language, and English well or very well4,09421.013.03,83120.211.8+263
Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all6823.51.86243.31.6+58
Not stated7744.03.65643.02.5+210

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 Mitcham: 3.6% Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all, City of Mitcham: 1.8% Speaks another language, and English well or very well, City of Mitcham: 13.0% Speaks English only, City of Mitcham: 81.6% Not stated, West Region: 4.0% Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all, West Region: 3.5% Speaks another language, and English well or very well, West Region: 21.0% Speaks English only, West Region: 71.6%
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, West Region: +210 Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all, West Region: +58 Speaks another language, and English well or very well, West Region: +263 Speaks English only, West Region: +54
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 West Region in 2016 compared to the City of Mitcham shows that there was a lower proportion of people who spoke English only, and a higher proportion of people who spoke another language and English not well or not at all.

Overall, 71.6% of people spoke English only, and 3.5% spoke another language and English not well or not at all, compared with 81.6% and 1.8% respectively for the City of Mitcham.

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 another language, and English well or very well (+263 persons)
  • Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all (+58 persons)
  • Speaks English only (+54 persons)

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