Languages Spoken at Home - Outputs
Standard output categories
Output categories for detailed data
The hierarchical structure of the Australian Standard Classification of Languages (ASCL), Second Edition (ABS cat. no. 1267.0) allows users the flexibility to output statistics at the level of the classification which best suits their requirements. Data can be presented at broad group level, narrow group level, or the base (language) level. If necessary, significant languages within a narrow group can be presented separately while the remaining languages within the narrow group are aggregated. This approach can also be applied to highlight significant narrow groups within a broad group.
Regardless of the level of aggregation intended for the dissemination of statistics, data should be captured, classified and stored at the base level of the classification wherever possible. Collecting and storing data at the most detailed level of the classification allows the greatest flexibility for the output of statistics, enables more detailed and complex analyses, facilitates comparisons with previous data using different classifications, and preserves information that provides maximum flexibility for future use of the data.
However, the constraints affecting each statistical collection or other application, such as problems with confidentiality or standard errors, may affect the collection and/or output of data at the lower levels of the classification.
The variable Languages Spoken at Home requires no supporting variables.
This page last updated 25 September 2012