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Person—preferred language, code (ASCL 2005) NN{NN}

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termData Element
Short name:Help on this termPreferred language
METeOR identifier:Help on this term304128
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Superseded 13/10/2011
Community Services (retired), Superseded 13/10/2011
Definition:Help on this term

The language (including sign language) most preferred by the person for communication, as represented by a code.

Data Element Concept:Person—preferred language

Value domain attributes

Representational attributes

Classification scheme:Australian Standard Classification of Languages 2005
Representation class:Help on this termCode
Data type:Help on this termNumber
Format:Help on this termNN{NN}
Maximum character length:Help on this term4

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:Help on this term

The Australian Standard Classification of Languages (ASCL) has a three- level hierarchical structure. The most detailed level of the classification consists of base units (languages) which are represented by four-digit codes. The second level of the classification comprises narrow groups of languages (the Narrow Group level), identified by the first two digits. The most general level of the classification consists of broad groups of languages (the Broad Group level) and is identified by the first digit. The classification includes Australian Indigenous languages and sign languages.

For example, the Lithuanian language has a code of 3102. In this case 3 denote that it is an Eastern European language, while 31 denote that it is a Baltic language. The Pintupi Aboriginal language is coded as 8713. In this case 8 denote that it is an Australian Indigenous language and 87 denote that the language is Western Desert language.

Language data may be output at the Broad Group level, Narrow Group level or base level of the classification. If necessary significant Languages within a Narrow Group can be presented separately while the remaining Languages in the Narrow Group are aggregated. The same principle can be adopted to highlight significant Narrow Groups within a Broad Group.

Data element attributes

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:Help on this termThis may be a language other than English even where the person can speak fluent English.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this term

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Reference documents:Help on this term

ABS cat. no. 1267.0. Australian Standard Classification of Languages (ASCL), 2005-06. Canberra: Australian Bureau of Statistics

Relational attributes

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See also Person—main language other than English spoken at home, code (ASCL 2005) NN{NN} Housing assistance, Superseded 30/05/2013, Health, Superseded 13/10/2011, Community Services (retired), Superseded 13/10/2011

Has been superseded by Person—preferred language, code (ASCL 2011) NN{NN} Housing assistance, Standard 13/10/2011, Health, Superseded 25/01/2018, Homelessness, Superseded 10/08/2018, Tasmanian Health, Archived 27/06/2017, Community Services (retired), Standard 13/10/2011

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

Implementation in Data Set Specifications:Help on this term
All attributes +

Alcohol and other drug treatment services NMDS Health, Superseded 23/10/2006

DSS specific attributes +

Alcohol and other drug treatment services NMDS 2007-08 Health, Superseded 05/02/2008

DSS specific attributes +

Alcohol and other drug treatment services NMDS 2008-10 Health, Superseded 22/12/2009

DSS specific attributes +

Alcohol and other drug treatment services NMDS 2010-11 Health, Superseded 24/12/2010

DSS specific attributes +

Alcohol and other drug treatment services NMDS 2011-12 Health, Superseded 07/12/2011

DSS specific attributes +

Cardiovascular disease (clinical) DSS Health, Superseded 04/07/2007

Cardiovascular disease (clinical) DSS Health, Superseded 22/12/2009

Cardiovascular disease (clinical) DSS Health, Superseded 01/09/2012

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