This date should be recorded when the investigation commences by a departmental case worker after the contact assessment decision is made. How the investigation commences will vary. For some it will be a phone call, for others it will be a visit to the child and/or persons involved with the child.
This data element should always be recorded as an 8-digit valid date comprising day, month and year. Year should always be recorded in its full 4-digit format. For day and months with a numeric value of less than 10, zeros should be used to ensure that the date contains the required 8 digits. For example, if the investigation commenced on 1 July 2004, the date the investigation commenced should be recorded as 01072004. If the date is unknown, the date 01011900 should be provided
This is important to measure the length of time between the receipt of a contact and the commencement of an investigation. It is also used to measure the length of time of the investigation.
Source and reference attributes
National Child Protection and Support Services data group (NCPASS).
Child protection and support services data dictionary. AIHW Version 1.0 Oct 2005.