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Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termValue Domain
METeOR identifier:Help on this term270824
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Superseded 08/02/2006
Definition:Help on this termA code set representing languages.

Representational attributes

Representation class:Help on this termCode
Data type:Help on this termString
Format:Help on this termNN
Maximum character length:Help on this term2
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00Afrikaans
01Albanian
02Alyawarr (Alyawarra)
03Arabic (including Lebanese)
04Armenian
05Arrernte (Aranda)
06Assyrian (including Aramaic)
07Australian Indigenous languages, not elsewhere classified
08Bengali
09Bisaya
10Bosnian
11Bulgarian
12Burarra
13Burmese
14Cantonese
15Cebuano
16Croatian
17Czech
18Danish
19English
20Estonian
21Fijian
22Finnish
23French
24German
25Gilbertese
26Greek
27Gujarati
28Hakka
29Hebrew
30Hindi
31Hmong
32Hokkien
33Hungarian
34Indonesian
35Irish
36Italian
37Japanese
38Kannada
39Khmer
40Korean
41Kriol
42Kuurinji (Gurindji)
43Lao
44Latvian
45Lithuanian
46Macedonian
47Malay
48Maltese
49Mandarin
50Mauritian Creole
51Netherlandic
52Norwegian
53Persian
54Pintupi
55Pitjantjatjara
56Polish
57Portuguese
58Punjabi
59Romanian
60Russian
61Samoan
62Serbian
63Sinhalese
64Slovak
65Slovene
66Somali
67Spanish
68Swahili
69Swedish
70Tagalog (Filipino)
71Tamil
72Telugu
73Teochew
74Thai
75Timorese
76Tiwi
77Tongan
78Turkish
79Ukranian
80Urdu
81Vietnamese
82Walmajarri (Walmadjari)
83Warlpiri
84Welsh
85Wik-Mungkan
86Yiddish
95Other languages, not further defined
97Non verbal, so described (including sign languages e.g. Auslan, Makaton)
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96Inadequately described
98Not stated

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:Help on this term

The classification used in this metadata item is a modified two-digit level version of the ABS classification: Australian Standard Classification of Languages (ASCL).

CODE 07     Australian Indigenous languages, not elsewhere classified

All Australian Indigenous languages not shown separately on the code list are to be coded to 07.

CODE 96     Inadequately described

This code should be used where some information, but insufficient, is provided.

CODE 97     Non verbal, so described (including sign languages e.g. Auslan, Makaton)

All non-verbal means of communication, including sign languages, are to be coded to 97.

CODE 98     Not stated

This code is to be used when no information is provided.

Collection methods:Help on this termThis information may be collected in a variety of ways. It may be collected by using a predetermined shortlist of languages that are most likely to be encountered from the above code list accompanied by an open text field for 'Other language' or by using an open ended question that allows for recording of the language nominated by the person. Regardless of the method used for data collection the language nominated should be coded using the above ABS codes.
Comments:Help on this term

The ABS has developed a detailed four-digit language classification of 193 language units which was used in the 1996 Census. Although it is preferable to use the classification at a four-digit level, the requirements of administrative collections have been recognised and the ABS has developed a classification of 86 languages at a two-digit level from those most frequently spoken in Australia. Mapping of this two-digit running code system to the four-digit ASCL is available from ABS. The classification used in this metadata item is a modified version of the two-digit level ABS classification. The National Health Data Committee (NHDC) considered that the grouping of languages by geographic region was not useful in administrative settings. Thus this metadata item includes an alphabetical listing of the 86 languages from the ABS two-digit level classification with only one code for Other languages, not further defined. By removing the geographic groupings from the classification, information about the broad geographic region of languages that are not specifically coded is lost. However, the NHDC considered that the benefits to data collectors gained from simplifying the code listing outweighed this disadvantage.

Source and reference attributes

Reference documents:Help on this termAustralian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) 1997. Australian Standard Classification of Languages (ASCL). Cat. no. 1267.0. Canberra: ABS

Relational attributes

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Has been superseded by Language code (ASCL 2005) NN{NN} Housing assistance, Standard 10/02/2006, Health, Superseded 13/10/2011, Community Services (retired), Superseded 13/10/2011

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Person—preferred language, code NN Health, Superseded 08/02/2006

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