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Proficiency in English

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In the National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA), 120,097 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 National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA)'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
National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA) - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
English proficiencyNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2006 to 2011
Speaks English only2,875,62274.562.22,552,57777.064.0+323,045
Speaks another language, and English well or very well683,72217.726.7495,93615.023.7+187,787
Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all120,0973.15.892,3392.85.5+27,758
Not stated178,5594.65.4173,7525.26.8+4,807

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 Sydney: 5.4% Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all, Greater Sydney: 5.8% Speaks another language, and English well or very well, Greater Sydney: 26.7% Speaks English only, Greater Sydney: 62.2% Not stated, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): 4.6% Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): 3.1% Speaks another language, and English well or very well, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): 17.7% Speaks English only, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): 74.5%
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, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): +4,807 Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): +27,758 Speaks another language, and English well or very well, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): +187,787 Speaks English only, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): +323,045
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 National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA) in 2011 compared to Greater Sydney 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, 74.5% of people spoke English only, and 3.1% spoke another language and English not well or not at all, compared with 62.2% and 5.8% respectively for Greater Sydney.

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 (+323,045 persons)
  • Speaks another language, and English well or very well (+187,787 persons)
  • Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all (+27,758 persons)

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