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Person—sex, text X[X(99)]

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termData Element
Short name:Help on this termSex text
METeOR identifier:Help on this term636038
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Standard 11/05/2017
Definition:Help on this term

The distinction between male, female, and others who do not have biological characteristics typically associated with either the male or female sex, as represented by text.

Context:Help on this term

Sex is a core metadata item in a wide range of social, labour and demographic statistics.

Data Element Concept:Person—sex

Value domain attributes

Representational attributes

Representation class:Help on this termText
Data type:Help on this termString
Format:Help on this termX[X(99)]
Maximum character length:Help on this term100

Data element attributes

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:Help on this term

This data element may be used where 'Other' has been selected in the data element: Person—sex, code X

This data element may be used to capture any further (optional) specification of sex descriptors. The inclusion of this write-in facility where the 'Other' code has been selected for Person—sex, code X allows respondents the opportunity to describe their sex using a term they are comfortable with, whilst also maximising the potential for analysis of the responses provided. For example, respondents could report terms such as 'indeterminate', 'intersex', 'non-binary', and 'unspecified' for sex.

Data element sets implementing this data element should include a Conditional obligation with the following text: 'Conditional on 'Other' response in the data element: Person—sex, code X'.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this term

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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See also Person—sex, code X Health, Standard 11/05/2017, Early Childhood, Standard 24/07/2018, Homelessness, Standard 10/08/2018, Indigenous, Endorsed 16/10/2017, Children and Families, Candidate 18/05/2020, ACT Health, Final 08/08/2018

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