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The language the person identifies as being the first language that they could understand to the extent of being able to conduct a conversation, as represented by a code.


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This representation is based on the value domain for this data element, more information is available at " Language code (ASCL 2011) NN{NN} ".
Data Type Number
Format NN{NN}
Maximum character length 4


Australian Bureau of Statistics 2011. Australian Standard Classification of Languages (ASCL) 2011. Cat. no. 1267.0. Canberra: ABS.


Persons whose first language is not English have been identified by service providers as a population group that may experience disadvantage when seeking to obtain equal access to government and community programs and services in Australia. Data relating to 'First language spoken' may thus provide a surrogate indicator of disadvantage potentially associated with a lack of English competence or with other factors associated with cultural background.

The ABS Language Standards, 2012, Version 1.1 (cat. no. 1200.0.55.005) was released in September 2012. The recommended question recognises children under two years of age.


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