Person—gender, text X[X(99)]
Identifying and definitional attributes
|Metadata item type:||Data Element|
|Short name:||Gender text|
|Registration status:||Health, Standard 11/05/2017|
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.
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
|Maximum character length:||100|
Data element attributes
Collection and usage attributes
|Guide for use:|
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
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
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.
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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Has been superseded by Person—gender, text X[X(99)] Health, Standardisation pending 22/10/2021