Person (address)—Australian postcode, code (Postcode datafile) {NNNN}

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Data Element
Short name:Postcode—Australian (person)
Synonymous names:Australian postcode
METeOR identifier:287224
Registration status:Community Services, Superseded 06/02/2012
Housing assistance, Superseded 30/05/2013
Health, Superseded 07/12/2011
Early Childhood, Superseded 09/03/2012
Homelessness, Superseded 30/05/2013
National Health Performance Authority, Standard 07/11/2013
Definition:The numeric descriptor for a postal delivery area, aligned with locality, suburb or place for the address of a person.
Data Element Concept:Person (address)—Australian postcode

Value domain attributes

Representational attributes

Classification scheme:Postcode datafile
Representation class:Code
Data type:Number
Format:{NNNN}
Maximum character length:4

Collection and usage attributes

Comments:

Postcode - Australian may be used in the analysis of data on a geographical basis, which involves a conversion from postcodes to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) postal areas. This conversion results in some inaccuracy of information. However, in some data sets postcode is the only geographic identifier, therefore the use of other more accurate indicators (e.g. Statistical Local Area (SLA)) is not always possible.

When dealing with aggregate data, postal areas, converted from postcodes, can be mapped to Australian Standard Geographical Classification codes using an ABS concordance, for example to determine SLAs. It should be noted that such concordances should not be used to determine the SLA of any individual's postcode. Where individual street addresses are available, these can be mapped to ASGC codes (e.g. SLAs).

Data element attributes

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:The postcode book is updated more than once annually; as postcodes are a dynamic entity and are constantly changing.
Collection methods:

Leave Postcode - Australian blank for:

  • Any overseas address
  • Unknown address
  • No fixed address.

May be collected as part of Address line or separately. Postal addresses may be different from where a person actually resides.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Standards Australia
Origin:

National Health Data Committee

National Community Services Data Committee

Reference documents:

AS5017 Health Care Client Identification, 2002, Sydney: Standards Australia

AS4846 Health Care Provider Identification, 2004, Sydney: Standards Australia

AS4846 Health Care Provider Identification, 2006, Sydney: Standards Australia

Australia Post Postcode book. Reference through:

http://www1.auspost.com.au/postcodes/

Relational attributes

Related metadata references:

Has been superseded by Address—Australian postcode, code (Postcode datafile) {NNNN} Community Services, Standard 06/02/2012, Housing assistance, Standard 01/05/2013, Health, Standard 07/12/2011, Early Childhood, Standard 09/03/2012, Homelessness, Standard 01/05/2013, Tasmanian Health, Final 30/06/2014, WA Health, Endorsed 04/03/2014, Independent Hospital Pricing Authority, Standard 31/10/2012, National Health Performance Authority, Standard 09/08/2013

Is used in the formation of Dwelling—geographic location, remoteness structure code (ASGC 2004) N[N] Housing assistance, Retired 10/02/2006

Supersedes Person (address)—Australian postcode (Postcode datafile), code NNN[N] Community Services, Superseded 25/08/2005, Health, Superseded 04/05/2005, National Health Performance Authority, Standard 24/10/2013

See also Person—Australian state/territory identifier, code N Community Services, Standard 25/08/2005, Housing assistance, Standard 10/02/2006, Health, Standard 04/05/2005, Early Childhood, Standard 21/05/2010, Homelessness, Standard 01/05/2013, Tasmanian Health, Draft 23/07/2012

Is used in the formation of Person—geographic location, community services code (ASGC 2004) NNNNN Community Services, Superseded 02/05/2006

Implementation in Data Set Specifications:
All attributes +

Cardiovascular disease (clinical) DSS Health, Superseded 15/02/2006

DSS specific attributes +

Cardiovascular disease (clinical) DSS Health, Superseded 04/07/2007

DSS specific attributes +

Cardiovascular disease (clinical) DSS Health, Superseded 22/12/2009

DSS specific attributes +

Cardiovascular disease (clinical) DSS Health, Superseded 01/09/2012

DSS specific attributes +

Child protection and support services (CPSS) - notifications, investigations, and substantiations NMDS (July 2007) Community Services, Superseded 01/05/2008

DSS specific attributes +

Child protection and support services (CPSS) - notifications, investigations, and substantiations NMDS pilot (2008) Community Services, Retired 06/02/2012

DSS specific attributes +

Child protection and support services (CPSS) - out-of-home care NMDS (July 2007) Community Services, Superseded 01/05/2008

DSS specific attributes +

Child protection and support services (CPSS) - out-of-home care NMDS pilot (2008) Community Services, Retired 06/02/2012

DSS specific attributes +

Children's Services NMDS Community Services, Superseded 21/05/2010

DSS specific attributes +

Commonwealth State/Territory Disability Agreement NMDS (July 2008) Community Services, Superseded 11/11/2009

DSS specific attributes +

Commonwealth State/Territory Disability Agreement NMDS - 1 July 2006 Community Services, Superseded 14/12/2008

DSS specific attributes +

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

DSS specific attributes +

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

DSS specific attributes +

Disability Services NMDS 2009-10 Community Services, Superseded 15/12/2011

DSS specific attributes +

Disability Services NMDS 2010-11 Community Services, Superseded 15/12/2011

DSS specific attributes +

Disability Services NMDS 2011-12 Community Services, Superseded 13/03/2013

DSS specific attributes +

Early Childhood Education and Care: Unit Record Level NMDS 2010 Early Childhood, Superseded 07/06/2011

DSS specific attributes +

Early Childhood Education and Care: Unit Record Level NMDS 2011 Early Childhood, Superseded 09/03/2012

DSS specific attributes +

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

Health care client identification DSS Health, Retired 20/03/2013

Health care provider identification DSS Health, Superseded 04/07/2007

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

Health care provider identification DSS Health, Retired 20/03/2013

Juvenile Justice Detention file cluster Community Services, Standard 14/09/2009

DSS specific attributes +

Juvenile Justice NMDS 2007 Community Services, Superseded 19/05/2010

DSS specific attributes +

Registered chiropractic labour force DSS Health, Standard 10/12/2009

DSS specific attributes +

Registered dental and allied dental health professional labour force DSS Health, Standard 10/12/2009

DSS specific attributes +

Registered medical professional labour force DSS Health, Standard 10/12/2009

DSS specific attributes +

Registered midwifery labour force DSS Health, Standard 10/12/2009

DSS specific attributes +

Registered nursing professional labour force DSS Health, Standard 10/12/2009

DSS specific attributes +

Registered optometry labour force DSS Health, Standard 10/12/2009

DSS specific attributes +

Registered osteopathy labour force DSS Health, Standard 10/12/2009

DSS specific attributes +

Registered pharmacy labour force DSS Health, Standard 10/12/2009

DSS specific attributes +

Registered physiotherapy labour force DSS Health, Standard 10/12/2009

DSS specific attributes +

Registered podiatry labour force DSS Health, Standard 10/12/2009

DSS specific attributes +

Registered psychology labour force DSS Health, Standard 10/12/2009

DSS specific attributes +

SAAP Client Collection National Minimum Data Set Community Services, Retired 01/07/2011

DSS specific attributes +

Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas (SEIFA) cluster Community Services, Superseded 07/06/2011
Health, Recorded 28/04/2010
Early Childhood, Superseded 07/06/2011

DSS specific attributes +

Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas (SEIFA) cluster 2010 Community Services, Superseded 09/03/2012
Early Childhood, Superseded 09/03/2012

DSS specific attributes +

Specialist Homelessness Services NMDS 2011 Housing assistance, Superseded 01/05/2013
Homelessness, Superseded 01/05/2013

DSS specific attributes +

Specialist Homelessness Services NMDS 2012-13 Housing assistance, Superseded 01/05/2013
Homelessness, Superseded 01/05/2013

DSS specific attributes +