Coding option 9 should only be used when the person has not provided this information upon request and/or the service provider is unable to make an informed judgment about the person's gender.
Data element attributes
Collection and usage attributes
Guide for use:
Where uncertainty exists about the sex of the person (e.g. for transvestites or transsexuals) the gender to be recorded is to be based on the gender nominated by the person themselves or on the observations/judgment of the interviewer. Although this may lead to some error, it is considered preferable to any offence that may be caused by a question that suggests that there is some doubt about the person's gender or sexuality.
It is suggested that the following format be used for data collection: What is your (the person's) sex?
Information collection for transsexuals and people with transgender issues should be based on the gender nominated by the person themselves.
Source and reference attributes
ABS Directory of concepts and standards for social, labour and demographic statistics, 1993
Related metadata references:
Has been superseded by Person—sex, code N Community Services, Standard 25/08/2005, Housing assistance, Standard 10/02/2006, Health, Standard 04/05/2005, Early Childhood, Standard 21/05/2010, Homelessness, Standard 23/08/2010, WA Health, Draft 23/08/2012, Independent Hospital Pricing Authority, Standard 01/11/2012, Indigenous, Draft 18/10/2012