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Non-English speakers - Proficiency in English

In 2011, 867 non-English speakers in Rockhampton reported difficulty speaking English.

Proficiency in English is an important indicator for the non-English speaking population. This may indicate the level to which translation services or communication in other languages is required for each culturally diverse community.

Typically, populations which migrated many years ago may have better English proficiency than recent migrants, and migrants from places where English is widely spoken may have higher proficiency levels as well. English Proficiency is a self-assessment by the respondent or their family, there is no objective review of this characteristic, so numbers should be treated as a guide only. To further build this story, English proficiency should be looked at in conjunction with Year of Arrival, Country of Birth and Age Structure.

Derived from the Census question:

'How well does the person speak English?'

People speaking a language other than English at home

Proficiency in English
Rockhampton - Non-English speakers20112006Change
English proficiencyNumber%Brisbane SD %Number%Brisbane SD %2006 to 2011
Speaks another language, and English well or very well3,39678.783.72,05081.781.6+1,346
Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all86720.115.036414.516.5+503
Not stated531.21.4943.71.9-41

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, Brisbane SD: 1.4% Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all, Brisbane SD: 15.0% Speaks another language, and English well or very well, Brisbane SD: 83.7% Not stated, Rockhampton: 1.2% Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all, Rockhampton: 20.1% Speaks another language, and English well or very well, Rockhampton: 78.7%
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, Rockhampton: -41 Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all, Rockhampton: +503 Speaks another language, and English well or very well, Rockhampton: +1,346
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2011 (Enumerated data)
Compiled and presented by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the proficiency in English data of the non-English speaking population in Rockhampton in 2011 compared to Brisbane SD shows that there was a higher proportion of people who spoke another language and English not well or not at all.

Overall, 20.1% of non-English speakers spoke another language and English not well or not at all, compared with 0.0% and 15.0% respectively for Brisbane SD.

Emerging groups

The most significant changes in the proficiency in English of the non-English speaking population in Rockhampton between 2006 and 2011 were:

  • Speaks another language, and English well or very well (+1,346 persons)
  • Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all (+503 persons)

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