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Main language spoken by new arrival students (2019-2020)

‘New Arrival’ students are from families who have recently arrived in Australia. This dataset captures the language background of New Arrival students in NSW government schools.

Data Notes.

  • From 2016 new arrivals data was collected through English as an Additional Language/Dialect (EAL/D) annual census conducted in June. As data is collected mid-year, whole year data is not available until June the following year.

  • New arrivals are defined as students who are enrolling in an Australian school for the first time, within 6 months of arriving in Australia (18 months for Kindergarten), speak a language other than English as their first language, and need intensive E/ALD instruction.

  • Languages spoken by ‘new arrival’ students are counted on a different basis from LBOTE. New Arrival students are counted based on the main languages spoken by the students themselves, while the LBOTE category includes students who speak another language and those with a parent/carer who speaks another language. Further information on differences in definitions is outlined in Schools: Language Diversity in NSW, 2019 (table 6).

  • Languages with less than 10 students represented are included as 'Other Languages'.

  • Indian and Chinese Languages are included as a combined total, and also as separate distinct languages. Therefore Indian and Chinese data appears twice in the table.


  • Centre for Education Statistics and Evaluation, NSW Department of Education.

Data and resources

Additional Info

Field Value
Title Main language spoken by new arrival students (2019-2020)
Type Dataset
Language eng
Licence License not specified
Data Status active
Update Frequency annual
Landing Page https://data.cese.nsw.gov.au/data/dataset/d5139715-c3b2-4321-ab6f-4ee3b73e41ce
Date Published 2021-10-01
Date Updated 2021-11-29
Contact Point
NSW Department of Education
Data Services <data.services@det.nsw.edu.au>
Temporal Coverage 2019-01-01
Geospatial Coverage NSW81093: New South Wales
Theme Education and Training
Jurisdiction New South Wales
Data Portal NSW Education Data Hub
Publisher/Agency NSW Department of Education
Data Level State-level