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City of Whittlesea

Proficiency in English

In the City of Whittlesea, 11,628 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 the City of Whittlesea'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
City of Whittlesea - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
English proficiencyNumber%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %2006 to 2011
Speaks English only82,65953.466.365,97152.968.5+16,688
Speaks another language, and English well or very well54,25535.024.042,69134.321.1+11,564
Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all11,6287.55.010,5798.54.9+1,049
Not stated6,3354.14.65,4044.35.6+931

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, Greater Melbourne: 4.6% Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all, Greater Melbourne: 5.0% Speaks another language, and English well or very well, Greater Melbourne: 24.0% Speaks English only, Greater Melbourne: 66.3% Not stated, City of Whittlesea: 4.1% Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all, City of Whittlesea: 7.5% Speaks another language, and English well or very well, City of Whittlesea: 35.0% Speaks English only, City of Whittlesea: 53.4%
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, City of Whittlesea: +931 Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all, City of Whittlesea: +1,049 Speaks another language, and English well or very well, City of Whittlesea: +11,564 Speaks English only, City of Whittlesea: +16,688
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 the City of Whittlesea in 2011 compared to Greater Melbourne shows that there was a lower proportion of people who spoke English only, and a higher proportion of people who spoke another language and English not well or not at all.

Overall, 53.4% of people spoke English only, and 7.5% spoke another language and English not well or not at all, compared with 66.3% and 5.0% respectively for Greater Melbourne.

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 (+16,688 persons)
  • Speaks another language, and English well or very well (+11,564 persons)
  • Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all (+1,049 persons)

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