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Proficiency in English

In the City of Monash, 11,589 people who were able to speak another language in 2011, 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 the City of Monash'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
City of Monash - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
English proficiencyNumber%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %2006 to 2011
Speaks English only88,16252.166.391,43956.768.5-3,277
Speaks another language, and English well or very well63,34037.424.052,58032.621.1+10,760
Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all11,5896.85.09,5605.94.9+2,029
Not Stated6,1853.74.67,6654.85.6-1,480

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: 4.6% Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all, Greater Melbourne: 5.0% Speaks another language, and English well or very well, Greater Melbourne: 24.0% Speaks English only, Greater Melbourne: 66.3% Not Stated, City of Monash: 3.7% Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all, City of Monash: 6.8% Speaks another language, and English well or very well, City of Monash: 37.4% Speaks English only, City of Monash: 52.1%
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 Monash: -1,480 Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all, City of Monash: +2,029 Speaks another language, and English well or very well, City of Monash: +10,760 Speaks English only, City of Monash: -3,277
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2011 (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 the City of Monash in 2011 compared to Greater Melbourne 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, 52.1% of people spoke English only, and 6.8% spoke another language and English not well or not at all, compared with 66.3% and 5.0% respectively for Greater Melbourne.

Emerging groups

The most significant changes in the proficiency in English of the population in this area between 2006 and 2011 were in those speaking:

  • Speaks another language, and English well or very well (+10,760 persons)
  • Speaks English only (-3,277 persons)
  • Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all (+2,029 persons)

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