1200.0.55.005 - Language Standards, 2016  
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This document was added 31/03/2017.



PROCESSING THE DATA

CODING

ABS language variables are coded using the Australian Standard Classification of Languages (ASCL), 2016 (ABS catalogue number 1267.0).

Detailed information about the criteria used to develop the structure of ASCL is available in the 'Building the Classification' page of ASCL.

Where practicable, it is recommended that data be collected, classified and stored at the most detailed level of the classification. This:

  • allows greater flexibility for the output of data
  • enables more detailed and complex analysis, and
  • facilitates comparisons with historical data and data from other sources.

Input categories for detailed data

The standard categories for collecting Main Language Other Than English Spoken at Home using the detailed question module are the 4-digit categories in ASCL, including the supplementary codes.

Input categories for minimum data

The standard categories for collecting Main Language Other Than English Spoken at Home using the minimum question module are:
  • English, and
  • Other language.

Coding index

Coding indexes are tools that support categorisation of information against a statistical classification and contain terms that are not officially recognised (e.g. synonyms and misspelt terms). A coding index may be of use to anyone seeking to code responses to a statistical classification and may be requested by contacting standards@abs.gov.au.

All responses to questions about language that are coded to ASCL use the coding rules detailed on the 'Index for Coding Responses' page of the publication. Responses are matched with entries in an ASCL coding index to determine the correct classification code.