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RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

Proficiency in English

In the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region, 1,734 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 RDA Darling Downs and South West Region'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
RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
English proficiencyNumber%Regional QLD %Number%Regional QLD %2006 to 2011
Speaks English only230,09091.087.4219,40192.688.3+10,689
Speaks another language, and English well or very well8,7893.55.96,1202.64.8+2,669
Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all1,7340.70.91,1400.50.7+594
Not Stated12,3274.95.810,2074.36.2+2,120

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, Regional QLD: 5.8% Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all, Regional QLD: 0.9% Speaks another language, and English well or very well, Regional QLD: 5.9% Speaks English only, Regional QLD: 87.4% Not Stated, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 4.9% Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 0.7% Speaks another language, and English well or very well, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 3.5% Speaks English only, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 91.0%
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, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +2,120 Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +594 Speaks another language, and English well or very well, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +2,669 Speaks English only, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +10,689
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 RDA Darling Downs and South West Region in 2011 compared to Regional QLD shows that there was a higher proportion of people who spoke English only, and a similar proportion of people who spoke another language and English not well or not at all.

Overall, 91.0% of people spoke English only, and 0.7% spoke another language and English not well or not at all, compared with 87.4% and 0.9% respectively for Regional QLD.

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 (+10,689 persons)
  • Speaks another language, and English well or very well (+2,669 persons)
  • Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all (+594 persons)

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