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Language spoken at home

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In the National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA), 21% 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.

Please note: Due to changes in ABS rules around perturbation and additivity of data to protect the confidentiality of individuals in 2016, counts of individual language groups and totals derived from them may differ slightly from those published by the ABS. For more information see notes on data confidentiality.

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
Arabic72,1371.94.154,0281.63.9+18,109
Filipino/Tagalog52,4441.41.237,2281.11.1+15,216
Italian50,2121.31.650,9981.51.7-787
Hindi41,0631.11.225,5640.80.9+15,499
Vietnamese33,8570.91.926,8070.81.8+7,050
Mandarin31,7870.83.017,0790.52.3+14,709
Spanish29,2070.81.125,4120.81.1+3,795
Greek27,1340.71.825,6300.81.9+1,504
Cantonese25,1910.73.021,6270.73.0+3,564
Turkish24,4420.60.520,9630.60.5+3,479
Samoan22,9050.60.316,9990.50.3+5,906
Punjabi22,7890.60.47,7540.20.2+15,036
Macedonian20,0120.50.418,3770.60.5+1,635
Persian/Dari16,9740.40.58,2780.20.4+8,695
Serbian16,6370.40.414,9970.50.4+1,639
Sinhalese16,3210.40.29,2840.30.2+7,036
Croatian15,6720.40.515,6050.50.5+67
Tamil13,4540.30.57,0390.20.4+6,415
Assyrian/Aramaic12,7400.30.58,9750.30.4+3,765
Maltese12,4670.30.312,1130.40.3+354
Urdu12,3230.30.46,2340.20.2+6,089
Polish10,8650.30.310,8270.30.3+38
German10,7450.30.49,9630.30.4+782
Afrikaans9,8150.30.13,3970.10.1+6,418
French9,4160.20.47,1940.20.3+2,222
Indonesian9,0700.20.55,1290.20.4+3,941
Bengali8,3390.20.54,0670.10.3+4,272
Khmer7,4230.20.25,6850.20.2+1,738
Dutch6,7130.20.16,7910.20.1-79
Korean6,6570.21.14,4370.10.9+2,220
Malayalam6,5190.20.11,6200.00.1+4,898
Gujarati6,2840.20.31,6890.10.1+4,595
Portuguese6,0970.20.35,1600.20.3+937
Thai5,5030.10.33,0800.10.2+2,423
Romanian5,2470.10.04,4260.10.0+821
Tongan5,1210.10.23,6960.10.2+1,425
Non-verbal so described4,8790.10.15,0310.20.2-153
Russian4,8700.10.43,3080.10.3+1,562
Hungarian4,7980.10.14,5830.10.2+215
Bosnian4,6310.10.14,0970.10.1+534
Telugu4,0780.10.21,1410.00.1+2,937
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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 only2,875,74274.562.32,552,54577.064.0+323,198
Non-English total801,83620.832.4586,91117.729.2+214,925
Not stated180,3534.75.3175,0665.36.8+5,287

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% Mandarin, Greater Sydney: 3.0% Spanish, Greater Sydney: 1.1% Greek, Greater Sydney: 1.8% Cantonese, Greater Sydney: 3.0% Turkish, Greater Sydney: 0.5% Arabic, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): 1.9% Filipino/Tagalog, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): 1.4% Italian, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): 1.3% Hindi, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): 1.1% Vietnamese, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): 0.9% Mandarin, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): 0.8% Spanish, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): 0.8% Greek, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): 0.7% Cantonese, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): 0.7% Turkish, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): 0.6%
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 language spoken at home, 2006 to 2011
Change in language spoken at home, 2006 to 2011 Arabic, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): +18,109 Filipino/Tagalog, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): +15,216 Italian, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): -787 Hindi, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): +15,499 Vietnamese, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): +7,050 Mandarin, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): +14,709 Spanish, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): +3,795 Greek, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): +1,504 Cantonese, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): +3,564 Turkish, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): +3,479
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 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, 74.5% of the population spoke English only, and 20.8% 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 1.9% of the population, or 72,137 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 (0.7% compared to 3.0%)
  • A smaller percentage speaking Mandarin at home (0.8% compared to 3.0%)
  • A smaller percentage speaking Arabic at home (1.9% compared to 4.1%)
  • A smaller percentage speaking Greek at home (0.7% compared to 1.8%)

Emerging groups

Between 2006 and 2011, the number of people who spoke a language other than English at home increased by 214,925 or 36.6%, and the number of people who spoke English only increased by 323,197 or 12.7%.

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 (+18,109 persons)
  • Hindi (+15,499 persons)
  • Filipino/Tagalog (+15,216 persons)
  • Punjabi (+15,036 persons)

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