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RDA Northern Territory

Proficiency in English

In the RDA Northern Territory, 10,414 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 Northern Territory'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 Northern Territory - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
English proficiencyNumber%Greater Darwin %Number%Greater Darwin %2006 to 2011
Speaks English only133,02762.872.7125,74265.976.8+7,285
Speaks another language, and English well or very well46,98122.213.735,41818.610.7+11,563
Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all10,4144.92.29,4104.92.0+1,004
Not Stated21,54110.211.420,32210.610.6+1,219

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 Darwin: 11.4% Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all, Greater Darwin: 2.2% Speaks another language, and English well or very well, Greater Darwin: 13.7% Speaks English only, Greater Darwin: 72.7% Not Stated, RDA Northern Territory: 10.2% Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all, RDA Northern Territory: 4.9% Speaks another language, and English well or very well, RDA Northern Territory: 22.2% Speaks English only, RDA Northern Territory: 62.8%
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 Northern Territory: +1,219 Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all, RDA Northern Territory: +1,004 Speaks another language, and English well or very well, RDA Northern Territory: +11,563 Speaks English only, RDA Northern Territory: +7,285
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 Northern Territory in 2011 compared to Greater Darwin shows that there was a lower proportion of people who spoke English only, and a higher proportion of people who spoke another language and English not well or not at all.

Overall, 62.8% of people spoke English only, and 4.9% spoke another language and English not well or not at all, compared with 72.7% and 2.2% respectively for Greater Darwin.

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 another language, and English well or very well (+11,563 persons)
  • Speaks English only (+7,285 persons)
  • Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all (+1,004 persons)

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