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 born||2011||2006||Change|
|English proficiency||Number||%||Brisbane SD %||Number||%||Brisbane SD %||2006 to 2011|
|Speaks English only||6,566||65.4||57.2||4001||5,654||75.4||62.3||+912|
|Speaks another language, and English well or very well||2,769||27.6||35.9||4002||1,570||20.9||30.7||+1,199|
|Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all||669||6.7||6.5||4003||266||3.5||6.6||+403|
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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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.
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)