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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 the City of Newcastle, 2,513 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 the City of Newcastle'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 Newcastle - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
English proficiencyNumber%Regional NSW %Number%Regional NSW %2011 to 2016
Speaks English only131,81184.887.1129,59387.290.4+2,218
Speaks another language, and English well or very well13,1608.55.110,6107.14.5+2,550
Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all2,5131.60.92,0311.40.7+482
Not stated7,9265.16.96,3014.24.4+1,625

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, Regional NSW: 6.9% Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all, Regional NSW: 0.9% Speaks another language, and English well or very well, Regional NSW: 5.1% Speaks English only, Regional NSW: 87.1% Not stated, City of Newcastle: 5.1% Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all, City of Newcastle: 1.6% Speaks another language, and English well or very well, City of Newcastle: 8.5% Speaks English only, City of Newcastle: 84.8%
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, City of Newcastle: +1,625 Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all, City of Newcastle: +482 Speaks another language, and English well or very well, City of Newcastle: +2,550 Speaks English only, City of Newcastle: +2,218
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 the City of Newcastle in 2016 compared to Regional NSW 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, 84.8% of people spoke English only, and 1.6% spoke another language and English not well or not at all, compared with 87.1% and 0.9% respectively for Regional NSW.

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 (+2,550 persons)
  • Speaks English only (+2,218 persons)
  • Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all (+482 persons)

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