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Language spoken at home

In the National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA), 24% of people spoke a language other than English at home in 2011.

The National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA)'s language statistics show the proportion of the population who speak a language at home other than English. They indicate how culturally diverse a population is and the degree to which different ethnic groups and nationalities are retaining their language.

The National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA)'s language statistics should be analysed in conjunction with Country of Birth and Proficiency in English to assist in identifying specific cultural and ethnic groups in the area and the services required by the multicultural community.

Derived from the Census question:

'Does the person speak a language other than English at home?'

Total population

Language spoken at home - Ranked by size
National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA) - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Language (excludes English)Number%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2006 to 2011
Arabic68,6952.34.151,3631.93.9+17,332
Filipino/Tagalog47,3681.61.234,2761.31.1+13,092
Italian46,0041.61.647,2611.81.7-1,257
Hindi37,2111.31.223,3480.90.9+13,863
Vietnamese30,8631.01.924,5750.91.8+6,288
Spanish25,8510.91.123,0270.91.1+2,824
Mandarin25,7050.93.013,8490.52.3+11,856
Greek24,9170.81.823,8140.91.9+1,103
Turkish23,7680.80.520,3490.80.5+3,419
Punjabi21,3250.70.46,9830.30.2+14,342
Macedonian19,7380.70.418,1080.70.5+1,630
Cantonese19,1100.63.016,1070.63.0+3,003
Samoan18,0660.60.314,3190.50.3+3,747
Serbian16,0950.50.414,5200.50.4+1,575
Persian/Dari14,8890.50.56,8670.30.4+8,022
Sinhalese14,7280.50.28,2960.30.2+6,432
Croatian14,3920.50.514,5790.50.5-187
Assyrian/Aramaic12,6100.40.58,8900.30.4+3,720
Tamil11,8910.40.56,0400.20.4+5,851
Maltese11,7210.40.311,4950.40.3+226
Urdu11,4890.40.45,7870.20.2+5,702
Polish9,5130.30.39,5700.40.3-57
Indonesian7,9960.30.54,3320.20.4+3,664
French7,9220.30.46,1870.20.3+1,735
Bengali7,8350.30.53,6560.10.3+4,179
German7,6920.30.47,7350.30.4-44
Afrikaans7,3360.20.12,5750.10.1+4,761
Khmer7,2040.20.25,5470.20.2+1,657
Malayalam5,9980.20.11,4910.10.1+4,507
Gujarati5,6560.20.31,4010.10.1+4,255
Portuguese5,4170.20.34,7660.20.3+651
Romanian5,0070.20.04,2320.20.0+775
Dutch4,8480.20.15,2530.20.1-406
Tongan4,7010.20.23,4660.10.2+1,235
Thai4,5390.20.32,6160.10.2+1,923
Bosnian4,4820.20.13,9430.10.1+539
Non-verbal so described4,1850.10.14,1610.20.2+24
Hungarian4,0320.10.14,0410.20.2-9
Russian3,9060.10.42,7700.10.3+1,136
Korean3,8520.11.12,6260.10.9+1,226
Telugu3,7220.10.21,0480.00.1+2,674
Lao3,2830.10.13,2420.10.1+41
Burmese3,2680.10.12,2110.10.1+1,057
Malay3,2250.10.02,1870.10.0+1,038
Dinka3,0650.10.01,0510.00.0+2,014
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Excludes languages with fewer than 20 people speaking them at home, or less than 0.1% of the total population.

Language spoken at home - Summary
National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA) - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Language summaryNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2006 to 2011
Speaks English only2,095,94071.062.31,980,08574.664.0+115,854
Non-English total715,27024.232.4529,13719.929.2+186,133
Not stated141,2894.85.3145,3585.56.8-4,070

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2006 and 2011. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Language spoken at home, 2011
Language spoken at home, 2011 Arabic, Greater Sydney: 4.1% Filipino/Tagalog, Greater Sydney: 1.2% Italian, Greater Sydney: 1.6% Hindi, Greater Sydney: 1.2% Vietnamese, Greater Sydney: 1.9% Spanish, Greater Sydney: 1.1% Mandarin, Greater Sydney: 3.0% Greek, Greater Sydney: 1.8% Turkish, Greater Sydney: 0.5% Punjabi, Greater Sydney: 0.4% Arabic, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): 2.3% Filipino/Tagalog, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): 1.6% Italian, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): 1.6% Hindi, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): 1.3% Vietnamese, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): 1.0% Spanish, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): 0.9% Mandarin, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): 0.9% Greek, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): 0.8% Turkish, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): 0.8% Punjabi, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): 0.7%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Usual residence data)
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Change in language spoken at home, 2006 to 2011
Change in language spoken at home, 2006 to 2011 Arabic, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): +17,332 Filipino/Tagalog, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): +13,092 Italian, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): -1,257 Hindi, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): +13,863 Vietnamese, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): +6,288 Spanish, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): +2,824 Mandarin, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): +11,856 Greek, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): +1,103 Turkish, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): +3,419 Punjabi, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): +14,342
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2011 (Usual residence data)
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Dominant groups

Analysis of the language spoken at home by the population of the National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA) in 2011 compared to Greater Sydney shows that there was a larger proportion of people who spoke English only, and a smaller proportion of those speaking a non-English language (either exclusively, or in addition to English).

Overall, 71.0% of the population spoke English only, and 24.2% spoke a non-English language, compared with 62.3% and 32.4% respectively for Greater Sydney.

The dominant language spoken at home, other than English, in the National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA) was Arabic, with 2.3% of the population, or 68,695 people speaking this language at home.

The major differences between the languages spoken at home for the population of the National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA) and Greater Sydney in 2011 were:

  • A smaller percentage speaking Cantonese at home (0.6% compared to 3.0%)
  • A smaller percentage speaking Mandarin at home (0.9% compared to 3.0%)
  • A smaller percentage speaking Arabic at home (2.3% compared to 4.1%)

Emerging groups

Between 2006 and 2011, the number of people who spoke a language other than English at home increased by 186,133 or 35.2%, and the number of people who spoke English only increased by 115,855 or 5.9%.

The largest changes in the spoken languages of the population in the National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA) between 2006 and 2011 were for those speaking:

  • Arabic (+17,332 persons)
  • Punjabi (+14,342 persons)
  • Hindi (+13,863 persons)
  • Filipino/Tagalog (+13,092 persons)

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