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Proficiency in English

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This topic has been updated with 2016 Census data for all areas. What's this?

In Western Rural, 3 people who were able to speak another language in 2016, 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 Western Rural'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
Western Rural - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
English proficiencyNumber%Tamworth Regional Council %Number%Tamworth Regional Council %2011 to 2016
Speaks English only2,71390.288.73,11295.493.5-399
Speaks another language, and English well or very well321.13.2290.91.8+3
Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all30.10.730.10.30
Not stated2598.67.31173.64.4+143

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Proficiency in English, 2016
Proficiency in English, 2016 Not stated, Tamworth Regional Council: 7.3% Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all, Tamworth Regional Council: 0.7% Speaks another language, and English well or very well, Tamworth Regional Council: 3.2% Speaks English only, Tamworth Regional Council: 88.7% Not stated, Western Rural: 8.6% Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all, Western Rural: 0.1% Speaks another language, and English well or very well, Western Rural: 1.1% Speaks English only, Western Rural: 90.2%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in Proficiency in English, 2011 to 2016
Change in Proficiency in English, 2011 to 2016 Not stated, Western Rural: +143 Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all, Western Rural: 0 Speaks another language, and English well or very well, Western Rural: +3 Speaks English only, Western Rural: -399
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 and 2016 (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 Western Rural in 2016 compared to Tamworth Regional Council shows that there was a higher proportion of people who spoke English only, and a lower proportion of people who spoke another language and English not well or not at all.

Overall, 90.2% of people spoke English only, and 0.1% spoke another language and English not well or not at all, compared with 88.7% and 0.7% respectively for Tamworth Regional Council.

Emerging groups

The most significant change in the proficiency in English of the population in this area between 2011 and 2016 was in those speaking:

  • Speaks English only (-399 persons)

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