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Person—country of birth, code (SACC 1998) NNNN

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termData Element
Short name:Help on this termCountry of birth
METeOR identifier:Help on this term270277
Registration status:Help on this termCommunity Services, Superseded 02/06/2008
Housing assistance, Superseded 24/11/2008
Health, Superseded 01/10/2008
Definition:Help on this term

The country in which the person was born, as represented by a code.

Data element concept attributes

Identifying and definitional attributes

Data element concept:Person—country of birth
METeOR identifier:Help on this term269686
Registration status:Help on this termCommunity Services, Standard 01/03/2005
Housing assistance, Standard 27/07/2005
Health, Standard 01/03/2005
Homelessness, Standard 23/08/2010
Tasmanian Health, Final 30/06/2014
Independent Hospital Pricing Authority, Standard 01/11/2012
Definition:Help on this termThe country in which the person was born.
Context:Help on this term

Country of birth is important in the study of access to services by different population sub-groups. Country of birth is the most easily collected and consistently reported of a range of possible data items that may indicate cultural or language diversity. Country of birth may be used in conjunction with other data such as period of residence in Australia, etc., to derive more sophisticated measures of access to (or need for) services by different population sub-groups.

Object class:Help on this termPerson
Property:Help on this termCountry of birth

Value domain attributes

Identifying and definitional attributes

Value domain:Country code (SACC 1998) NNNN
METeOR identifier:Help on this term270812
Registration status:Help on this termCommunity Services, Superseded 02/06/2008
Housing assistance, Superseded 24/11/2008
Health, Superseded 01/10/2008
Definition:Help on this termA SACC code set representing a country.
Classification Scheme:Standard Australian Classification of Countries 1998

Representational attributes

Representation class:Help on this termCode
Data type:Help on this termNumber
Format:Help on this termNNNN
Maximum character length:Help on this term4

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:Help on this term

The Standard Australian Classification of Countries 1998 (SACC) is a four-digit, three-level hierarchical structure specifying major group, minor group and country.

A country, even if it comprises other discrete political entities such as states, is treated as a single unit for all data domain purposes. Parts of a political entity are not included in different groups. Thus, Hawaii is included in Northern America (as part of the identified country United States of America), despite being geographically close to and having similar social and cultural characteristics as the units classified to Polynesia.

Data element attributes

Collection and usage attributes

Collection methods:Help on this term

Some data collections ask respondents to specify their country of birth. In others, a pre-determined set of countries is specified as part of the question, usually accompanied by an ‘other (please specify)’ category.

Recommended questions are:

In which country were you/was the person/was (name) born?

Australia

Other (please specify)

Alternatively, a list of countries may be used based on, for example common Census responses.

In which country were you/was the person/was (name) born?

Australia

England

New Zealand

Italy

Viet Nam

Scotland

Greece

Germany

Philippines

India

Netherlands

Other (please specify)

In either case coding of data should conform to the SACC.

Sometimes respondents are simply asked to specify whether they were born in either 'English speaking' or 'non-English speaking' countries but this question is of limited use and this method of collection is not recommended.

Comments:Help on this term

This metadata item is consistent with that used in ABS collections and is recommended for use whenever there is a requirement for comparison with ABS data.

Source and reference attributes

Origin:Help on this term

National Health Data Committee

National Community Services Data Committee

Relational attributes

Related metadata references:Help on this term

Supersedes Country of birth, version 4, DE, Int. NCSDD & NHDD, NCSIMG & NHIMG, Superseded 01/03/2005.pdf (19.9 KB)

Has been superseded by Person—country of birth, code (SACC 2008) NNNN Community Services, Superseded 13/10/2011, Housing assistance, Superseded 13/10/2011, Health, Superseded 22/11/2011, Homelessness, Superseded 13/10/2011

See also Person—first language spoken, code (ASCL 2005) NN{NN} Community Services, Superseded 13/10/2011, Housing assistance, Superseded 30/05/2013, Health, Superseded 13/10/2011

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Community mental health care NMDS 2004-05 Health, Superseded 08/12/2004

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Community mental health care NMDS 2007-08 Health, Superseded 05/02/2008

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Community mental health care NMDS 2008-09 Health, Superseded 04/02/2009

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Computer Assisted Telephone Interview demographic module DSS Health, Superseded 03/12/2008

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Health care client identification DSS Health, Superseded 03/12/2008

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Non-admitted patient emergency department care NMDS Health, Superseded 24/03/2006

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Non-admitted patient emergency department care NMDS Health, Superseded 23/10/2006

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Non-admitted patient emergency department care NMDS Health, Superseded 07/12/2005

Non-admitted patient emergency department care NMDS 2007-08 Health, Superseded 05/02/2008

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Perinatal NMDS Health, Superseded 06/09/2006

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Perinatal NMDS Health, Superseded 07/12/2005

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Perinatal NMDS 2007-2008 Health, Superseded 05/02/2008

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Perinatal NMDS 2008-2010 Health, Superseded 02/12/2009

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Residential mental health care NMDS 2005-06 Health, Superseded 07/12/2005

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Residential mental health care NMDS 2006-07 Health, Superseded 23/10/2006

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SAAP Demand for Accommodation National Minimum Data Set Community Services, Retired 01/07/2011

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