ABS Language Variables provide a means of standardising the way the ABS and other agencies collect and disseminate information relating to language usage in Australia. Variables identify population groups likely to experience disadvantage as a result of a lack of competence in spoken English, and provide data on the stock of languages spoken in Australian homes. Data on languages spoken in the home are regarded as an indicator of active ethnicity and are useful for the study of inter-generational language retention.
Note: 20 March 2014
The Standards for Language Variables were updated. To view the updated Standards for Language Variables click here.
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