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Perth Metropolitan Area

Proficiency in English

In the Perth Metropolitan Area, 42,261 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 Perth Metropolitan Area'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
Perth Metropolitan Area - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
English proficiencyNumber%Greater Perth %Number%Greater Perth %2006 to 2011
Speaks English only1,345,80777.877.81,215,80780.480.4+130,000
Speaks another language, and English well or very well246,89314.314.3171,77111.411.4+75,121
Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all42,2612.42.431,7992.12.1+10,461
Not stated93,7595.45.492,7806.16.1+979

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 Perth: 5.4% Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all, Greater Perth: 2.4% Speaks another language, and English well or very well, Greater Perth: 14.3% Speaks English only, Greater Perth: 77.8% Not stated, Perth Metropolitan Area: 5.4% Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all, Perth Metropolitan Area: 2.4% Speaks another language, and English well or very well, Perth Metropolitan Area: 14.3% Speaks English only, Perth Metropolitan Area: 77.8%
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, Perth Metropolitan Area: +979 Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all, Perth Metropolitan Area: +10,461 Speaks another language, and English well or very well, Perth Metropolitan Area: +75,121 Speaks English only, Perth Metropolitan Area: +130,000
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 Perth Metropolitan Area in 2011 compared to Greater Perth shows that there was a similar proportion of people who spoke English only, as well as a similar proportion of people who spoke another language and English not well or not at all.

Overall, 77.8% of people spoke English only, and 2.4% spoke another language and English not well or not at all, compared with 77.8% and 2.4% respectively for Greater Perth.

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 English only (+130,000 persons)
  • Speaks another language, and English well or very well (+75,121 persons)
  • Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all (+10,461 persons)

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