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Proficiency in English

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In the WSROC Region, 137,186 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 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)20162011Change
English proficiencyNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2011 to 2016
Speaks English only748,51949.258.4731,52353.362.2+16,995
Speaks another language, and English well or very well547,30936.029.3458,56233.426.7+88,747
Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all137,1869.06.5112,1478.25.8+25,038
Not stated86,8925.75.870,8325.25.4+16,059

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, Greater Sydney: 5.8% Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all, Greater Sydney: 6.5% Speaks another language, and English well or very well, Greater Sydney: 29.3% Speaks English only, Greater Sydney: 58.4% Not stated, WSROC Region: 5.7% 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: 36.0% Speaks English only, WSROC Region: 49.2%
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, WSROC Region: +16,059 Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all, WSROC Region: +25,038 Speaks another language, and English well or very well, WSROC Region: +88,747 Speaks English only, WSROC Region: +16,995
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 the WSROC Region in 2016 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, 49.2% of people spoke English only, and 9.0% spoke another language and English not well or not at all, compared with 58.4% and 6.5% respectively for Greater Sydney.

Emerging groups

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

  • Speaks another language, and English well or very well (+88,747 persons)
  • Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all (+25,038 persons)
  • Speaks English only (+16,995 persons)

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