Australian Standard Classification of Languages 2005

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Classification Scheme
Synonymous names:ASCL 2005
METeOR identifier:304118
Registration status:Housing assistance, Standard 10/02/2006
Health, Superseded 17/11/2011
Community Services (retired), Superseded 17/11/2011
Definition:The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) classification for the languages spoken by Australians.
Classification structure:

The ASCL has a three-level hierarchical structure.

Languages are grouped together into progressively broader categories on the basis of their evolution from a common ancestral language, and on the basis of geographic proximity of areas where a particular language originated.

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:

The ASCL is intended for use in the collection, aggregation and dissemination of data relating to the language use of the Australian population, or subsets of the population.

Indexes in alphabetical and numerical order are available, see theĀ Origin: attribute.

Source and reference attributes


Australian Bureau of Statistics 2005. Australian Standard Classification of Languages (ASCL) 2005. Cat No. 1267.0. 2nd Edition, Canberra: ABS. Viewed 29 July 2005

Revision status:

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Relational attributes

Related metadata references:

Supersedes Australian Standard Classification of Languages 1997 Health, Superseded 08/02/2006, Community Services (retired), Superseded 30/09/2005

Has been superseded by Australian Standard Classification of Languages 2011 Housing assistance, Standard 17/11/2011, Health, Superseded 25/01/2018, Homelessness, Superseded 10/08/2018, Tasmanian Health, Archived 27/06/2017, Disability, Standard 13/08/2015, Children and Families, Standard 22/11/2016, Community Services (retired), Standard 17/11/2011

Value Domains based on this classification scheme:

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Health, Superseded 13/10/2011
Community Services (retired), Superseded 13/10/2011