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RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

Proficiency in English

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In the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region, 2,123 people who were able to speak another language in 2016, 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)20162011Change
English proficiencyNumber%Regional QLD %Number%Regional QLD %2011 to 2016
Speaks English only230,12987.184.3230,09091.087.4+39
Speaks another language, and English well or very well12,7674.87.08,7893.55.9+3,978
Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all2,1230.81.11,7340.70.9+389
Not stated19,1127.27.612,3274.95.8+6,785

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

Proficiency in English, 2016
Proficiency in English, 2016 Not stated, Regional QLD: 7.6% Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all, Regional QLD: 1.1% Speaks another language, and English well or very well, Regional QLD: 7.0% Speaks English only, Regional QLD: 84.3% Not stated, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 7.2% Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 0.8% Speaks another language, and English well or very well, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 4.8% Speaks English only, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 87.1%
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 Proficiency in English, 2011 to 2016
Change in Proficiency in English, 2011 to 2016 Not stated, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +6,785 Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +389 Speaks another language, and English well or very well, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +3,978 Speaks English only, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +39
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 proficiency in English data of the population in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region in 2016 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, 87.1% of people spoke English only, and 0.8% spoke another language and English not well or not at all, compared with 84.3% and 1.1% respectively for Regional QLD.

Emerging groups

The most significant changes in the proficiency in English of the population in this area between 2011 and 2016 were in those speaking:

  • Speaks another language, and English well or very well (+3,978 persons)
  • Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all (+389 persons)

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