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RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

Language spoken at home

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In the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region, 5% of people spoke a language other than English at home in 2016.

The RDA Darling Downs and South West Region'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 RDA Darling Downs and South West Region'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
RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Language (excludes English)Number%Regional QLD %Number%Regional QLD %2011 to 2016
Filipino/Tagalog1,5960.60.51,0080.40.4+588
Mandarin1,1660.40.77080.30.3+458
Arabic9120.30.27430.30.1+169
Afrikaans7070.30.36660.30.2+41
Italian5830.20.47350.30.5-152
Dinka4800.20.02970.10.0+183
Punjabi4760.20.2880.00.1+388
German4750.20.44900.20.4-15
Persian/Dari3810.10.1710.00.0+310
Spanish3720.10.32390.10.2+133
Hindi3600.10.12070.10.1+153
Portuguese3350.10.21600.10.1+175
Malayalam3350.10.11230.00.0+212
Nepali3290.10.11170.00.0+212
Korean3120.10.31400.10.2+172
Vietnamese2840.10.12530.10.1+31
Sinhalese2800.10.11340.10.0+146
Cantonese2740.10.22910.10.2-17
French2640.10.22310.10.2+33
Telugu2530.10.0660.00.0+187
Swahili2430.10.01180.00.0+125
Dutch2060.10.12120.10.2-6
Non-verbal so described1880.10.11500.10.1+38
Gujarati1870.10.1580.00.0+129
Japanese1840.10.41470.10.4+37
Thai1610.10.21290.10.1+32
Bengali1580.10.0940.00.0+64
Tamil1380.10.1910.00.0+47
Australian Indigenous Languages1150.00.5860.00.5+29
Urdu1030.00.0440.00.0+59
Russian1020.00.1790.00.1+23
Auslan990.00.0620.00.0+37
Shona860.00.0640.00.0+22
Greek860.00.11240.00.1-38
Croatian850.00.1840.00.1+1
Polish810.00.1880.00.1-7
Indonesian700.00.1740.00.1-4
Serbian610.00.1450.00.1+16
Romanian560.00.0290.00.0+27
Māori (New Zealand)550.00.1280.00.1+27
Finnish540.00.0500.00.0+4
Pashto530.00.040.00.0+49
Tongan510.00.0450.00.0+6
Danish510.00.0690.00.0-18
Hungarian500.00.1690.00.1-19
Fijian490.00.0510.00.0-2
Samoan460.00.0540.00.0-8
Malay440.00.0620.00.0-18
Chinese, nfd380.00.0630.00.0-25
Kurdish340.00.060.00.0+28
Marathi330.00.0120.00.0+21
Swedish330.00.0240.00.0+9
Karen320.00.0300.00.0+2
Turkish310.00.0230.00.0+8
Khmer260.00.090.00.0+17
Czech230.00.0120.00.0+11
Kannada220.00.040.00.0+18
Māori (Cook Island)220.00.0130.00.0+9
Ukrainian210.00.060.00.0+15
Estonian190.00.030.00.0+16
Burmese190.00.0320.00.0-13
Maltese160.00.0160.00.00
Min Nan (incl.Hokkien)150.00.0270.00.0-12
Serbo-Croatian Yugoslavian, so described150.00.0150.00.00
Hebrew140.00.0150.00.0-1
Tigrinya130.00.000.00.0+13
Macedonian110.00.070.00.0+4
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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
RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Language summaryNumber%Regional QLD %Number%Regional QLD %2011 to 2016
Speaks English only230,12287.184.3230,08291.087.4+40
Non-English total14,3455.47.910,1594.06.6+4,186
Not stated19,6287.47.812,7195.06.0+6,909

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Language spoken at home, 2016
Language spoken at home, 2016 Filipino/Tagalog, Regional QLD: 0.5% Mandarin, Regional QLD: 0.7% Arabic, Regional QLD: 0.2% Afrikaans, Regional QLD: 0.3% Italian, Regional QLD: 0.4% Dinka, Regional QLD: 0.0% Punjabi, Regional QLD: 0.2% German, Regional QLD: 0.4% Persian/Dari, Regional QLD: 0.1% Spanish, Regional QLD: 0.3% Filipino/Tagalog, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 0.6% Mandarin, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 0.4% Arabic, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 0.3% Afrikaans, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 0.3% Italian, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 0.2% Dinka, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 0.2% Punjabi, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 0.2% German, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 0.2% Persian/Dari, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 0.1% Spanish, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 0.1%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in language spoken at home, 2011 to 2016
Change in language spoken at home, 2011 to 2016 Filipino/Tagalog, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +588 Mandarin, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +458 Arabic, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +169 Afrikaans, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +41 Italian, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: -152 Dinka, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +183 Punjabi, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +388 German, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: -15 Persian/Dari, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +310 Spanish, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +133
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 and 2016 (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 RDA Darling Downs and South West Region in 2016 compared to Regional QLD 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, 87.1% of the population spoke English only, and 5.4% spoke a non-English language, compared with 84.3% and 7.9% respectively for Regional QLD.

The dominant language spoken at home, other than English, in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region was Filipino/Tagalog, with 0.6% of the population, or 1,596 people speaking this language at home.

There were no major differences between RDA Darling Downs and South West Region and Regional QLD in 2016.

Emerging groups

Between 2011 and 2016, the number of people who spoke a language other than English at home increased by 4,186 or 41.2%, and the number of people who spoke English only increased by 40 or 0.0%.

The largest changes in the spoken languages of the population in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region between 2011 and 2016 were for those speaking:

  • Filipino/Tagalog (+588 persons)
  • Mandarin (+458 persons)
  • Punjabi (+388 persons)
  • Persian/Dari (+310 persons)

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