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WSROC Region

Proficiency in English

In the WSROC Region, 152,296 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 WSROC Region'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
WSROC Region - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
English proficiencyNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2006 to 2011
Speaks English only844,75349.962.2830,16752.864.0+14,586
Speaks another language, and English well or very well605,24335.826.7508,30232.323.7+96,941
Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all152,2969.05.8136,2678.75.5+16,029
Not stated90,5795.45.497,8446.26.8-7,265

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 Sydney: 5.4% Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all, Greater Sydney: 5.8% Speaks another language, and English well or very well, Greater Sydney: 26.7% Speaks English only, Greater Sydney: 62.2% Not stated, WSROC Region: 5.4% Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all, WSROC Region: 9.0% Speaks another language, and English well or very well, WSROC Region: 35.8% Speaks English only, WSROC Region: 49.9%
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, WSROC Region: -7,265 Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all, WSROC Region: +16,029 Speaks another language, and English well or very well, WSROC Region: +96,941 Speaks English only, WSROC Region: +14,586
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 WSROC Region in 2011 compared to Greater Sydney 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, 49.9% of people spoke English only, and 9.0% spoke another language and English not well or not at all, compared with 62.2% and 5.8% respectively for Greater Sydney.

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 another language, and English well or very well (+96,941 persons)
  • Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all (+16,029 persons)
  • Speaks English only (+14,586 persons)

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