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If you are using METEOR without an account, your search can be restricted by metadata item type, the main types of registration statuses, and by registration authority. It is also possible to search on METEOR ID number directly. You can save items of interest by adding bookmarks.

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METEOR has a great many filters. The options directly below the search text box provide ways of limiting your search to all of the 18 content types in METEOR (see Learn about metadata to view the full list), item creation dates, and item revision dates. The 'Topic' content type will search the 'non-database' pages in METEOR, and 'Help' will search all of the 'information' pop-up information boxes that are linked to each item.

  • Content Types (eg data element, glossary item, value domain, data quality statement, indicator, classification scheme)
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To search the 'non-metadata' content of the METEOR website, such as the pages explaining what metadata items are, restrict your search results to 'Topic'.

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You can also use asterisks * for a wildcard search, which allows the search engine to replace any content with the asterisk. The METEOR wildcard search requires a precise format. It can only be inserted inside or at the end of a word, with at least one letter next to it (but not at the front of a word). The wildcard standing in isolation will also not work. For instance, ca*e* will bring up results for 'care', 'category', 'calendar' and 'cancer', while *cer or cancer * will not bring up any results.


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Address—address line, text X[X(179)]

594217 | Data Element | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
A composite of one or more standard address components, as represented by text.
Standard: Health, Indigenous, Early Childhood, Housing assistance

Address—Australian postcode, code (Postcode datafile) NNNN

611398 | Data Element | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
The Australian numeric descriptor for a postal delivery area for an address.
Standard: Health, Children and Families, Commonwealth Department of Social Services (retired), Disability, Early Childhood, Indigenous, Homelessness, Youth Justice

Address—Australian state/territory identifier, code AA[A]

430134 | Data Element
An identifier of the state or territory of an address, as represented by a code.
Standard: Community Services (retired), Early Childhood, WA Health, Disability
Superseded: Health

Address—statistical area, level 1 (SA1) code (ASGS 2016) N(11)

660637 | Data Element
A designated region representing the smallest unit for the release of Census data used for describing a location, as represented by a code.
Standard: Health, Early Childhood

Address—suburb/town/locality name, text X[X(45)]

429889 | Data Element | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
The name of the locality/suburb of the address, as represented by text.
Standard: Community Services (retired), Early Childhood, Health, Tasmanian Health, Housing assistance, Homelessness, Indigenous, Disability, Children and Families, Youth Justice

Date—accuracy indicator, code AAA

294429 | Data Element | Standards Australia
An indicator of the accuracy of the components of a reported date, as represented by a code.
Standard: Health, Community Services (retired), Housing assistance, Early Childhood, Homelessness, Disability

Organisation—organisation name, text X[X(199)]

453823 | Data Element | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
The full title of an organisation's name by which it trades or is recognised, as represented by text.
Standard: Community Services (retired), Early Childhood, Health, Indigenous, Disability, Youth Justice

Person—age, total years N[NN]

303794 | Data Element | National Public Health Information Working Group
The age of the person in (completed) years at a specific point in time.
Standard: Health, Community Services (retired), Housing assistance, Early Childhood, Tasmanian Health, WA Health, Indigenous, Children and Families
Retired: National Health Performance Authority (retired)

Person—area of usual residence, geographical location code (ASGC 2011) NNNNN

455536 | Data Element
Geographical location of usual residence of the person, as represented by a code.
Standard: Health, Community Services (retired), Early Childhood, Independent Hospital Pricing Authority, Disability

Person—area of usual residence, statistical area level 1 (SA1) code (ASGS 2016) N(11)

659740 | Data Element | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
The geographical region in which a person or group of people usually reside, as represented by a Statistical area level 1 (SA1) code.
Superseded: Health
Standard: Early Childhood

Person—area of usual residence, statistical area level 2 (SA2) code (ASGS 2016) N(9)

659725 | Data Element | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
The geographical region in which a person or group of people usually reside, as represented by a Statistical area level 2 (SA2) code.
Superseded: Health
Standard: Tasmanian Health, Early Childhood

Person—Australian state/territory identifier, code N

286919 | Data Element
The Australian state or territory where a person can be located, as represented by a code.
Superseded: Health, Children and Families
Standard: Community Services (retired), Housing assistance, Early Childhood, Homelessness

Person—date of birth, DDMMYYYY

287007 | Data Element
The date of birth of the person, expressed as DDMMYYYY.
Standard: Health, Community Services (retired), Housing assistance, Early Childhood, Homelessness, Tasmanian Health, WA Health, Independent Hospital Pricing Authority, Indigenous, Commonwealth Department of Health, Disability, Children and Families, Youth Justice
Retired: National Health Performance Authority (retired)

Person—estimated resident population of Australia, total people N[N(7)]

388656 | Data Element | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
The official measure of the population of Australia, as a number.
Standard: Health, Community Services (retired), Early Childhood
Retired: National Health Performance Authority (retired)

Person—Indigenous status, code N

602543 | Data Element | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
Whether a person identifies as being of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander origin, as represented by a code.
Standard: Health, Disability, Tasmanian Health, Children and Families, Housing assistance, Early Childhood, Indigenous, Homelessness, Youth Justice
Qualified: Independent Hospital Pricing Authority

Person—letters of family name, text XXX

349481 | Data Element
The combination of 2nd, 3rd and 5th letters of a person's family name.
Standard: Community Services (retired), Housing assistance, Early Childhood, Homelessness, Health, Disability, Children and Families, Youth Justice

Person—letters of given name, text XX

349483 | Data Element
The combination of the 2nd and 3rd letters of a person's given name.
Standard: Community Services (retired), Housing assistance, Early Childhood, Homelessness, Health, Disability, Children and Families, Youth Justice

Person—person identifier, XXXXXX[X(14)]

290046 | Data Element
Person identifier unique within an establishment or agency.
Standard: Health, Community Services (retired), Independent Hospital Pricing Authority, Early Childhood, Indigenous, Disability, Youth Justice
Retired: National Health Performance Authority (retired)

Person—sex, code X

635126 | Data Element
The distinction between male, female, and others who do not have biological characteristics typically associated with either the male or female sex, as represented by a code.
Superseded: Health
Standard: Early Childhood, Indigenous, Homelessness

Record—linkage key, code 581 XXXXXDDMMYYYYN

349895 | Data Element | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.
A key that enables two or more records belonging to the same individual to be brought together. It is represented by a code consisting of the second, third and fifth characters of a person’s family name, the second and third letters of the person’s given name, the day, month and year when the person was born and the sex of the person, concatenated in that order.
Standard: Community Services (retired), Housing assistance, Early Childhood, Disability
Superseded: Homelessness, Health

Service provider organisation—Australian state/territory identifier, code N

289083 | Data Element | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
An identifier of the Australian state or territory where an organisation or agency can be located, as represented by a code.
Superseded: Health, Indigenous
Standard: Community Services (retired), Early Childhood, Housing assistance

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