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Language code (ASCL 2016) N[NNN]

Identifying and definitional attributes

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METeOR identifier:Help on this term659404
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Standard 25/01/2018
Homelessness, Standard 10/08/2018
Tasmanian Health, Endorsed 27/06/2017
Children and Families, Standard 20/01/2021
ACT Health, Final 08/08/2018
Commonwealth Department of Social Services (retired), Standard 20/06/2018
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The Australian Standard Classification of Languages (ASCL) code set representing languages.

Representational attributes

Classification scheme:Australian Standard Classification of Languages 2016
Representation class:Help on this termCode
Data type:Help on this termNumber
Format:Help on this termN[NNN]
Maximum character length:Help on this term4

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:Help on this term

The ASCL has a three-level hierarchical structure. The most detailed level of the classification consists of languages which are represented by four-digit codes. The second level of the classification comprises narrow groups of languages (the Narrow group level), identified by two-digit and three-digit codes. The most general level of the classification consists of broad groups of languages (the Broad group level) and is identified by one-digit codes. The classification includes Australian Indigenous languages and sign languages.

For example, the Lithuanian language has a code of 3102. In this case 3 denotes that it is an Eastern European language, while 31 denotes that it is a Baltic language. The Pintupi Aboriginal language is coded as 8713. In this case 8 denotes that it is an Australian Indigenous language and 87 denotes that the language is a Western Desert language.

Language data may be output at the Broad group level, Narrow group level or the language level of the classification. Also, significant languages within a Narrow group can be presented separately with the remaining languages of the Narrow group aggregated. The same principle can be adopted to highlight significant Narrow groups within a Broad group.

Source and reference attributes

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Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Relational attributes

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Supersedes Language code (ASCL 2011) NN{NN} Housing assistance, Standard 13/10/2011, Health, Superseded 25/01/2018, Homelessness, Superseded 10/08/2018, Tasmanian Health, Archived 27/06/2017, Disability, Standard 13/08/2015, Children and Families, Superseded 20/01/2021, Community Services (retired), Standard 13/10/2011

Data elements implementing this value domain:Help on this term

Allied health service event—preferred language, code (ASCL 2016) N[NNN] Health, Standard 12/12/2018

Individual service provider—provider's clinically proficient language, code (ASCL 2016) N[NNN] Health, Standard 25/01/2018

Person—main language other than English spoken at home, code (ASCL 2016) N[NNN] Health, Standard 25/01/2018
Homelessness, Standard 10/08/2018
Children and Families, Standard 20/01/2021

Person—preferred language, code (ASCL 2016) N[NNN] Health, Standard 25/01/2018
Tasmanian Health, Endorsed 27/06/2017
ACT Health, Final 08/08/2018

Person—preferred spoken language, code (ASCL 2016) N[NNN] Commonwealth Department of Social Services (retired), Standard 20/06/2018

Person—preferred written language, code (ASCL 2016) N[NNN] Commonwealth Department of Social Services (retired), Standard 20/06/2018

Survey—language, code (ASCL 2016) N[NNN] Health, Standard 15/04/2021

Survey—survey language, code (ASCL 2016) N[NNN] Health, Superseded 15/04/2021

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