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Main Language Other than English Spoken at Home - Introduction
Stakeholders for language data include health and education service providers, data collection agencies, government agencies, community groups, academics and private sector organisations. Stakeholder interests relate to methodologies for collecting and classifying language information.
To meet these data needs, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has incorporated language questions into a range of social statistical collections. The ABS has developed standards for a number of language variables for use when collecting language data both within and outside the ABS.
Main Language Other Than English Spoken at Home identifies the main language, other than English, which are spoken within the home. To ensure that all relevant languages can be measured, the variable includes sign languages.
The variable Main Language Other Than English Spoken at Home is one of the Minimum Core Indicators from the standard set of indicators for use in measuring cultural and linguistic diversity. It can be used in conjunction with others in the set to understand cultural and ethnic diversity within Australia. Its implementation in administrative and service settings enables the provision of relevant data to assess, measure and monitor service needs, including access and equity requirements.