This search engine is the best way to find what you're after in METEOR, if you know what you're looking for. However, if you aren't sure what you're looking for, we suggest browsing the collection.

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.

If you are logged in to METEOR as a metadata developer, you will have some additional options to restrict the search by. In addition to metadata item type and registration authority, you can restrict your search to the full range of registration status options, change date and workgroup. If you need access as a metadata developer and haven't done the training yet, please contact us.

When you type into the search box, you will get autocomplete suggestions. This predictive text will help you see the METEOR entries that exist for the topic you're searching on, and make your searching process faster and easier.

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)
  • Created or Revision Dates (eg Last hour, Today, This week, Last month, This year, and specific date ranges)

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'.

You can also sort the results of your search on a range of options:

  • Relevance
  • Most / Least recently created
  • Most / Least recently updated
  • Alphabetical order (A–Z or Z–A)

You can further narrow down your results with the results categories that appear on the left side of the screen. These are: Registration Authority Status (Standard, Incomplete, Candidate, Superseded), Registration Authorities, Content Type, Stewards, Registration Statuses, and Submitting Organisations.

The 'Clear' button resets the Search page.

If you need to get finely-tuned results, this search engine uses Lucene search syntax. You can restrict your search to the titles of items by using Name: Searchterm, for instance, or hide words such as 'for' from the search by using backslashes, for example: \for\. Use "quote marks" to get an exact match with a word.

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—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—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

Person—country of birth, code (SACC 2016) NNNN

659454 | Data Element | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
The country in which the person was born, as represented by a code.
Standard: Health, Commonwealth Department of Social Services (retired), Tasmanian Health, Disability, Homelessness, Youth Justice

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—first language spoken, code (ASCL 2011) NN{NN}

460120 | Data Element
The language the person identifies as being the first language that they could understand to the extent of being able to conduct a conversation, as represented by a code.
Standard: Health, Community Services (retired), Housing assistance, Disability
Superseded: Homelessness

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—labour force status, code N

621450 | Data Element | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
The self-reported status the person currently has in being either in the labour force (employed/unemployed) or not in the labour force, as represented by a code.
Standard: Disability, Homelessness, Health

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—main language other than English spoken at home, code (ASCL 2016) N[NNN]

659402 | Data Element | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
The language reported by a person as the main language other than English spoken by that person in his/her home (or most recent private residential setting occupied by the person) to communicate with other residents of the home or setting and regular visitors, as represented by a code.
Standard: Health, Homelessness, Children and Families

Person—year of first arrival in Australia, date YYYY

269929 | Data Element
The year a person (born outside of Australia) first arrived in Australia, from another country, with the intention of staying in Australia for one year or more.
Standard: Health, Community Services (retired), Housing assistance, Homelessness, Disability

Record—linkage key, code 581 XXXXXDDMMYYYYX

686241 | 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: Health, Homelessness

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