1200.0.55.005 - Language Standards, 2016  
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The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) language standards codify methods for collecting, processing and presenting quality data on languages spoken in Australia. The ABS recommends these standards be used in all ABS and non-ABS collections where information on languages spoken is needed. There are five language standards:

  • First Language Spoken
  • Languages Spoken at Home
  • Main Language Other Than English Spoken at Home
  • Main Language Spoken at Home, and
  • Proficiency in Spoken English.