MAIN LANGUAGE OTHER THAN ENGLISH SPOKEN AT HOME
The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has developed standards for a number of language variables for use when collecting language data.
The Main Language Other Than English Spoken at Home variable codifies the concept, definitions and methods recommended by the ABS for collecting, processing and presenting quality statistics on the main language, other than English, which is spoken by a person at home. The variable includes sign languages.
Data relating to Main Language Other Than English Spoken at Home contribute 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.