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Australian Standard Classification of Languages

The Australian Standard Classification of Languages (ASCL) is intended for use in the collection, aggregation and dissemination of data relating to the language use of the Australian population, or subsets of the population. It can be used to classify language use relating to concepts such as 'First language spoken', 'Languages spoken at home', 'Language of greatest competency', etc.

It is envisaged that the classification will improve the usefulness of language information provided on administrative forms such as hospital admission and school enrolment forms, as well as being used to classify language data from censuses and surveys.

The full classification can be downloaded from the Australian Bureau of Statistics website: ASCL ABS Cat. no. 1267.0.

Last reviewed 15 August 2017