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Language code (ASCL 2011) NN{NN}

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termValue Domain
METeOR identifier:Help on this term460118
Registration status:Help on this termHousing assistance, Standard 13/10/2011
Health, Superseded 25/01/2018
Homelessness, Superseded 10/08/2018
Tasmanian Health, Archived 27/06/2017
Disability, Standard 13/08/2015
Children and Families, Superseded 20/01/2021
Community Services (retired), Standard 13/10/2011
Definition:Help on this termThe Australian Standard Classification of Languages (ASCL 2011) code set representing languages.

Representational attributes

Classification scheme:Australian Standard Classification of Languages 2011
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 denotes that it is an Eastern European language, while 31 denotes that it is a Baltic language. The Pintupi Aboriginal language is coded as 8713. In this case 8 denotes that it is an Australian Indigenous language and 87 denotes that the language is a 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.

Relational attributes

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Supersedes Language code (ASCL 2005) NN{NN} Housing assistance, Standard 10/02/2006, Health, Superseded 13/10/2011, Community Services (retired), Superseded 13/10/2011

Has been superseded by Language code (ASCL 2016) N[NNN] Health, Standard 25/01/2018, Homelessness, Standard 10/08/2018, Tasmanian Health, Endorsed 27/06/2017, Children and Families, Standard 20/01/2021, ACT Health, Final 08/08/2018, Commonwealth Department of Social Services (retired), Standard 20/06/2018

Data elements implementing this value domain:Help on this term

Individual service provider—provider's clinically proficient language, code (ASCL 2011) NN{NN} Health, Superseded 25/01/2018

Person—first language spoken, code (ASCL 2011) NN{NN} Housing assistance, Standard 13/10/2011
Health, Standard 13/10/2011
Homelessness, Superseded 10/08/2018
Disability, Standard 13/08/2015
Community Services (retired), Standard 13/10/2011

Person—main language other than English spoken at home, code (ASCL 2011) NN{NN} Housing assistance, Standard 13/10/2011
Health, Superseded 25/01/2018
Homelessness, Superseded 10/08/2018
Disability, Standard 13/08/2015
Children and Families, Superseded 20/01/2021
Community Services (retired), Standard 13/10/2011

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

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