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Language - African Languages
Proficiency in English

In the New South Wales, 1,836 people of the population speaking African Languages 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. Statistics show the level of English proficiency amongst people whose first language is not English.

Typically, people who migrated many years ago, as well as migrants from places where English is widely spoken, have higher proficiency levels than recent migrants.

The data, when viewed with other ethnic and cultural indicators, such as Ancestry, Country of Birth, and Religion, helps service providers determine whether they need to communicate with certain groups in languages other than English.

Derived from the Census questions:

  • 'How well does the person speak English?'
  • 'Does the person speak a language other than English at home?'

  • Total NSW population
  • Population who speak African Languages
Proficiency in English
Language - African Languages20112006Change
English proficiencyNumberAfrican Languages %% of total NSW populationNumberAfrican Languages %% of total NSW population2006 to 2011
Speaks another language, and English well or very well13,03485.418.67,09179.616.4+5,943
Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all1,83612.03.91,53217.23.7+304
Not stated3852.55.02833.25.9+102

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 Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all, Total New South Wales population: 3.9% Speaks another language, and English well or very well, Total New South Wales population: 18.6% Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all, Language - African Languages: 12.0% Speaks another language, and English well or very well, Language - African Languages: 85.4%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented by .id, the population experts.
Change in Proficiency in English, 2006 to 2011
Change in Proficiency in English, 2006 to 2011 Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all, Language - African Languages: +304 Speaks another language, and English well or very well, Language - African Languages: +5,943
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the proficiency in English data of New South Wales African Languages speaking population compared to the total popluation shows that 2011 there was a similar 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.

Emerging groups

The most significant changes in the proficiency in English of the NSW African Languages speaking population between 2006 and 2011 were in those that:

  • Speaks another language, and English well or very well (+5,943 persons)
  • Speaks another language, and English not well or not at all (+304 persons)