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Shire of Murray

Proficiency in English

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

In Shire of Murray, 39 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 Shire of Murray'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
Shire of Murray - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
English proficiencyNumber%Greater Perth %Number%Greater Perth %2011 to 2016
Speaks English only14,89089.173.513,01092.077.8+1,880
Speaks another language, and English well or very well4852.917.33142.214.3+171
Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all390.22.9380.32.4+1
Not stated1,2897.76.37865.65.4+503

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, Greater Perth: 6.3% Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all, Greater Perth: 2.9% Speaks another language, and English well or very well, Greater Perth: 17.3% Speaks English only, Greater Perth: 73.5% Not stated, Shire of Murray: 7.7% Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all, Shire of Murray: 0.2% Speaks another language, and English well or very well, Shire of Murray: 2.9% Speaks English only, Shire of Murray: 89.1%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016 (Usual residence data)
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Change in Proficiency in English, 2011 to 2016
Change in Proficiency in English, 2011 to 2016 Not stated, Shire of Murray: +503 Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all, Shire of Murray: +1 Speaks another language, and English well or very well, Shire of Murray: +171 Speaks English only, Shire of Murray: +1,880
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 and 2016 (Usual residence data)
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Dominant groups

Analysis of the proficiency in English data of the population in Shire of Murray in 2016 compared to Greater Perth 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, 89.1% of people spoke English only, and 0.2% spoke another language and English not well or not at all, compared with 73.5% and 2.9% respectively for Greater Perth.

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 (+1,880 persons)
  • Speaks another language, and English well or very well (+171 persons)

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