Identifying and definitional attributes
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Sex is understood in relation to sex characteristics, such as chromosomes, hormones and reproductive organs.
Sex is often used interchangeably with gender, however they are distinct concepts and it is important to differentiate between them.
Collection and usage attributes
When comparing the concepts of sex and gender:
While they are related concepts, caution should be exercised when comparing counts for sex with those for gender.
Source and reference attributes
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.
ABS (Australian Bureau of Statistics) 2021. Standard for sex, gender, variations of sex characteristics and sexual orientation variables. Canberra: ABS, viewed 6 October 2021 https://www.abs.gov.au/statistics/standards/standard-sex-gender-variations-sex-characteristics-and-sexual-orientation-variables/latest-release
AGD (Attorney-General's Department) 2015. Australian Government Guidelines on the Recognition of Sex and Gender, viewed 6 October 2021
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