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Australian Standard Classification of Languages 2016

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termClassification Scheme
Synonymous names:Help on this termASCL 2016
METeOR identifier:Help on this term659337
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Standard 25/01/2018
Homelessness, Standard 10/08/2018
Tasmanian Health, Endorsed 27/06/2017
Commonwealth Department of Social Services, Standard 20/06/2018
ACT Health, Final 08/08/2018
Definition:Help on this term

The Australian Standard Classification of Languages (ASCL) is produced by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) for the consistent collection, aggregation and dissemination of data relating to language usage in Australia.

Classification structure:Help on this term

The ASCL has a three-level hierarchical structure that consists of broad groups, narrow groups and languages.

Languages are grouped together into progressively broader categories on the basis of their evolution from a common ancestral language, and on the basis of geographic proximity of areas where a particular language originated.

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:Help on this term

The ASCL is designed to classify the following language variables:

  • First Language Spoken
  • Languages Spoken at Home
  • Main Language Spoken and
  • Main Language Other than English Spoken at Home
Collection methods:Help on this term

Data should be collected, classified and stored at the language (four-digit) level of the classification to allow flexibility of statistical output and more detailed analysis. It also maintains information for future use and enables comparison with previous data using different classifications.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this term

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Origin:Help on this term

Australian Bureau of Statistics 2016. Australian Standard Classification of Languages (ASCL) 2016. ABS cat. no.1267.0. Canberra: ABS.

Revision status:Help on this term

The first edition of the ASCL was published in 1997. The ASCL was revised in 2005, 2011 and 2016.

Relational attributes

Related metadata references:Help on this term

Supersedes Australian Standard Classification of Languages 2011 Housing assistance, Standard 17/11/2011, Health, Superseded 25/01/2018, Homelessness, Superseded 10/08/2018, Tasmanian Health, Archived 27/06/2017, Disability, Standard 13/08/2015, Children and Families, Standard 22/11/2016, Community Services (retired), Standard 17/11/2011

Value Domains based on this classification scheme:Help on this term

Language code (ASCL 2016) N[NNN] Health, Standard 25/01/2018
Homelessness, Standard 10/08/2018
Tasmanian Health, Endorsed 27/06/2017
Commonwealth Department of Social Services, Standard 20/06/2018
ACT Health, Final 08/08/2018

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