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Proficiency in English

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This topic has been updated with 2016 Census data for all areas. What's this?

In the RDA Northern Territory, 8,852 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 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)20162011Change
English proficiencyNumber%Greater Darwin %Number%Greater Darwin %2011 to 2016
Speaks English only132,63558.067.9133,02762.872.7-392
Speaks another language, and English well or very well58,42425.517.746,98122.213.7+11,443
Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all8,8523.92.610,4144.92.2-1,562
Not stated28,92712.611.821,54110.211.4+7,386

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, Greater Darwin: 11.8% Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all, Greater Darwin: 2.6% Speaks another language, and English well or very well, Greater Darwin: 17.7% Speaks English only, Greater Darwin: 67.9% Not stated, RDA Northern Territory: 12.6% Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all, RDA Northern Territory: 3.9% Speaks another language, and English well or very well, RDA Northern Territory: 25.5% Speaks English only, RDA Northern Territory: 58.0%
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 Northern Territory: +7,386 Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all, RDA Northern Territory: -1,562 Speaks another language, and English well or very well, RDA Northern Territory: +11,443 Speaks English only, RDA Northern Territory: -392
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 Northern Territory in 2016 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, 58.0% of people spoke English only, and 3.9% spoke another language and English not well or not at all, compared with 67.9% and 2.6% respectively for Greater Darwin.

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 (+11,443 persons)
  • Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all (-1,562 persons)
  • Speaks English only (-392 persons)

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