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Gender code X

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termValue Domain
METeOR identifier:Help on this term635944
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Standard 11/05/2017
ACT Health, Final 02/01/2019
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A code set representing the distinction between male, female and other genders.

Representational attributes

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Format:Help on this termX
Maximum character length:Help on this term1
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9Not stated/inadequately described

Collection and usage attributes

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The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Standard for Sex and Gender Variables includes the following Alternate Code system:

M    Male

F    Female

X    Other

For statistical purposes, the following category codes, labels and definitions are preferred:

CODE 1   Male

Adults who identify themselves as men, and children who identify themselves as boys.

CODE 2   Female

Adults who identify themselves as women, and children who identify themselves as girls.

CODE 3   Other

Adults and children who identify as non-binary, gender diverse, or with descriptors other than man/boy or woman/girl.

The value meaning of 'Other' has been assigned to Code 3 for this value domain, which replaces 'Gender other/diverse' for the superseded value domain Gender code N. Terms such as ‘gender diverse’, ‘non-binary’, ‘unspecified’, 'trans', 'transgender', 'transsexual', 'gender queer', 'pan-gendered', 'androgynous' and 'inter-gender' are variously used to describe the 'Other' category of gender. Some cultures may have their own terms for gender identities outside male and female. The label ‘Other’ is used because a more descriptive term has not been widely agreed within the general community.

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The ABS will periodically review its Standard for Sex and Gender Variables. This process will specifically investigate the appropriateness of the naming of the 'Other' category.

Source and reference attributes

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Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

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Australian Bureau of Statistics 2016. Standard for Sex and Gender Variables (Cat. no. 1200.0.55.012). Viewed 26 July 2016.

Attorney-General's Department 2015. Australian Government Guidelines on the Recognition of Sex and Gender. Viewed 26 July 2016.

Relational attributes

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Supersedes Gender code N Health, Proposed 02/07/2013, Indigenous, Endorsed 05/09/2014, Community Services (retired), Not progressed 23/01/2018

Has been superseded by Gender code X Health, Candidate 06/10/2021

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Person—gender, code X Health, Standard 11/05/2017
ACT Health, Final 02/01/2019

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