1200.0.55.012 - Standard for Sex and Gender Variables, 2016  
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The standard output categories for both sex and gender are:

  • Males
  • Females
  • Other
  • Not stated/Inadequately described

It should be noted that the term 'Persons' is used in preference to 'Total' when presenting total population counts for both sex and gender.

Confidentiality issues may arise at various levels of dissemination if a small number of 'Other' responses are recorded. When this issue arises, it is recommended that 'Other' responses are alternately recoded to male and female, as supported by the United Nations Statistical Division 2010, Handbook on Population and Housing Census Editing, Revision 1, (Sections 346-347), with the methodology used clearly articulated in supporting documentation.

All data collected by the ABS is subject to confidentiality rules where no individual shall be identified and an individual response should not be identifiable. The ABS privacy policy outlines how the ABS will handle any personal information provided to us.


The sex variable and the gender variable do not require any supporting variables.