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Overseas born - Proficiency in English

In 2011, 669 overseas born people reported difficulty speaking English in Rockhampton.

Proficiency in English is an important indicator for the Overseas-born 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 naturally migrants from English speaking countries (or countries where English is widely spoken as a second language) could be expected to have good English proficiency. 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, Language Spoken at Home and Age Structure.

Derived from the Census question:

'How well does the person speak English?'

People born overseas

Proficiency in English
Rockhampton - Overseas born20112006Change
English proficiencyNumber%Brisbane SD %Number%Brisbane SD %2006 to 2011
Speaks English only6,56665.457.25,65475.462.3+912
Speaks another language, and English well or very well2,76927.635.91,57020.930.7+1,199
Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all6696.76.52663.56.6+403
Not stated300.30.4110.10.4+19

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: 0.4% Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all, Brisbane SD: 6.5% Speaks another language, and English well or very well, Brisbane SD: 35.9% Speaks English only, Brisbane SD: 57.2% Not stated, Rockhampton: 0.3% Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all, Rockhampton: 6.7% Speaks another language, and English well or very well, Rockhampton: 27.6% Speaks English only, Rockhampton: 65.4%
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: +19 Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all, Rockhampton: +403 Speaks another language, and English well or very well, Rockhampton: +1,199 Speaks English only, Rockhampton: +912
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 overseas born population in Rockhampton in 2011 compared to Brisbane SD 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, 65.4% of overseas born people spoke English only, and 6.7% spoke another language and English not well or not at all, compared with 57.2% and 6.5% respectively for Brisbane SD.

Emerging groups

The most significant changes in the proficiency in English of the overseas born population in Rockhampton between 2006 and 2011 were:

  • Speaks another language, and English well or very well (+1,199 persons)
  • Speaks English only (+912 persons)
  • Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all (+403 persons)

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