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The method of communication most effectively used by the person, 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 " Communication method code N{.N} ".
Data Type Number
Format N{.N}
Maximum character length 2
Value Meaning Start Date End Date
Permissible Values Spoken language
1.1 English
1.2 Other spoken language
Sign language
2.1 Keyword signing (e.g. Makaton)
2.2 Auslan or similar
2.3 Finger spelling
Other effective non-spoken
3.1 Written language only—English
3.2 Written language only—Other
3.3 Computer assisted
3.4 Symbols and pictures
3.5 Braille
3.6 Facilitated communication (with facilitator)
3.8 Other effective non-communication
4 Limited communication
5 No effective communication
Supplementary Values 7 Child aged under 5 years (not applicable)
9 Not stated/inadequately described


Method of communication is an important indicator of potential barriers to social inclusion, particularly in conjunction with data on country of birth and interpreter services required.

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2002. Commonwealth State/Territory Disability Agreement National Minimum Data Set collection: data guide—data items and definitions 2002–03.


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Use within a Question 0
As a numerator in an Indicator 0
As a denominator in an Indicator 0
As a disaggregation in an Indicator 0