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 speakers||2011||2006||Change|
|English proficiency||Number||%||Brisbane SD %||Number||%||Brisbane SD %||2006 to 2011|
|Speaks another language, and English well or very well||3,396||78.7||83.7||4002||2,050||81.7||81.6||+1,346|
|Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all||867||20.1||15.0||4003||364||14.5||16.5||+503|
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing (opens a new window) 2006 and 2011. Compiled and presented by .id (opens a new window), the population experts.
(Usual residence data)
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Compiled and presented by .id, the population experts.
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.
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)