FIRST LANGUAGE SPOKEN
The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has developed standards for a number of language variables for use when collecting language data.
The First Language Spoken variable codifies the concept, definitions and methods recommended by the ABS for collecting, processing and presenting quality statistics on the the first language a person could understand and speak. The First Language Spoken variable includes sign languages.
Data relating to First Language Spoken contributes to understanding proficiency in spoken English, which may be an indicator of ability to participate effectively in Australian society, including accessing government and other services.