2023 Review of Australian Standard Classification of Languages (ASCL)

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Closes 8 Dec 2023


1. What is your name?

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2. Please ensure that you include contact details in your submission. By providing contact information, you agree that the ABS can contact you to ask any follow-up questions, if required.
3. Which state or territory do you live in?
4. How did you find out about the 2023 review of ASCL?
5. Is there a Language that is currently not identified at the 4-digit level of the ASCL that should be included in the classification?

In the ASCL, Languages are the most detailed level of the classification and have a 4-digit code.

For Languages not currently identified, please provide your suggestions for the following:

6. Please list any Languages that are not accurately represented in the ASCL. Include details of why the representation is not accurate (ie are they aligned to the correct Broad Group or Narrow Group in the classification? Does the classification reflect the correct spelling of the Language title?)
7. In the ASCL, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages are represented in Broad Group 8, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages. Some of these groups have both 2 and 3-digit Narrow Groups.

b) Do the 3-digit Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Narrow Groupings still provide meaningful and useful representation for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Languages?

8. Currently the classification includes sign languages as a Narrow Group (97) within Broad Group 9 Other Languages.

There are broadly two main types of sign languages: the first are those that are languages in their own right, with distinct grammar and vocabulary, compared with spoken languages (e.g. sign languages such as Auslan). The second are those that directly represent a spoken language (e.g. signed English), broadly referred to as signed languages. 

9. Do you use ABS language data?

If ‘Yes’, please provide the following:

10. Considering the initial areas proposed as in-scope of this ASCL review, what areas do you consider to be the high priority issues for this review and why?
11. Are there any other key areas of concern that should be included in the ASCL review? If so, please provide further details and reasons for inclusion.
12. Are there any other comments you would like to provide regarding this review?
There is a limit of 500 characters

If you have any questions about this consultation process, please email standards@abs.gov.au