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Person—gender, text X[X(99)]

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termData Element
Short name:Help on this termGender text
METeOR identifier:Help on this term637351
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Standard 11/05/2017
Definition:Help on this term

The distinction between male, female, and other genders which are a combination of male and female, or neither male nor female, as represented by text.

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Gender is an alternative to the commonly used sex metadata item. Gender may be used in a wide range of social, labour and demographic statistics where there is no requirement to collect the biological profile of a person.

Data Element Concept:Person—gender

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—gender, code X.

This data element may be used to capture any further (optional) specification of gender descriptors. The inclusion of this write-in facility where the 'Other' code has been selected for Person—gender, code X allows respondents the opportunity to describe their gender 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 'gender diverse’, ‘non-binary’, ‘unspecified’, 'trans', 'transgender', 'transsexual', 'gender queer', 'pan-gendered', 'androgynous' and 'inter-gender' for gender.

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

Has been superseded by Person—gender, text X[X(99)] Health, Standardisation pending 22/10/2021

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