Person—preferred language, code (ASCL 2011) NN{NN}

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Data Element
Short name:Preferred language
METeOR identifier:460123
Registration status: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Health, Superseded 25/01/2018
Homelessness, Superseded 10/08/2018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
Definition: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 2011
Representation class:Code
Data type:Number
Maximum character length:4

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:

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.

Data element attributes

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:This may be a language other than English even where the person can speak fluent English.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Reference documents:

ABS cat. no. 1267.0. Australian Standard Classification of Languages (ASCL), 2011. Canberra: Australian Bureau of Statistics

Relational attributes

Related metadata references:

See also 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, Standard 22/11/2016, Community Services (retired), Standard 13/10/2011

Supersedes Person—preferred language, code (ASCL 2005) NN{NN} Health, Superseded 13/10/2011, Community Services (retired), Superseded 13/10/2011

Has been superseded by Person—preferred language, code (ASCL 2016) N[NNN] Health, Standard 25/01/2018, Tasmanian Health, Endorsed 27/06/2017, ACT Health, Final 08/08/2018

Implementation in Data Set Specifications:
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Alcohol and other drug treatment services NMDS 2012-13 Health, Superseded 07/02/2013

DSS specific attributes +

Alcohol and other drug treatment services NMDS 2013-15 Health, Superseded 13/11/2014

DSS specific attributes +

Alcohol and other drug treatment services NMDS 2015-18 Health, Superseded 06/09/2018

DSS specific attributes +

Cardiovascular disease (clinical) NBPDS Health, Superseded 17/10/2018

Public dental waiting times DSS 2012-13 Health, Superseded 09/11/2012

DSS specific attributes +

Public dental waiting times NMDS 2013-2018 Health, Superseded 25/01/2018

DSS specific attributes +

Tasmanian Demographics Data Set - 2016 Tasmanian Health, Archived 05/07/2017

DSS specific attributes +