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South Gippsland Shire

Proficiency in English

In South Gippsland Shire, 120 people who were able to speak another language in 2011, 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 South Gippsland Shire'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
South Gippsland Shire - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
English proficiencyNumber%Regional VIC %Number%Regional VIC %2006 to 2011
Speaks English only25,28192.990.423,80092.591.1+1,481
Speaks another language, and English well or very well8713.24.67823.04.0+89
Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all1200.40.81010.40.7+19
Not stated9413.54.11,0574.14.1-116

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, Regional VIC: 4.1% Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all, Regional VIC: 0.8% Speaks another language, and English well or very well, Regional VIC: 4.6% Speaks English only, Regional VIC: 90.4% Not stated, South Gippsland Shire: 3.5% Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all, South Gippsland Shire: 0.4% Speaks another language, and English well or very well, South Gippsland Shire: 3.2% Speaks English only, South Gippsland Shire: 92.9%
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, South Gippsland Shire: -116 Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all, South Gippsland Shire: +19 Speaks another language, and English well or very well, South Gippsland Shire: +89 Speaks English only, South Gippsland Shire: +1,481
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2011 (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 South Gippsland Shire in 2011 compared to Regional VIC 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, 92.9% of people spoke English only, and 0.4% spoke another language and English not well or not at all, compared with 90.4% and 0.8% respectively for Regional VIC.

Emerging groups

The most significant changes in the proficiency in English of the population in this area between 2006 and 2011 were in those speaking:

  • Speaks English only (+1,481 persons)
  • Speaks another language, and English well or very well (+89 persons)

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