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

429894 | Data Element
The Australian numeric descriptor for a postal delivery area for an address.
Standard: Community Services (retired), Housing assistance, Independent Hospital Pricing Authority, WA Health, Commonwealth Department of Health, Disability, Children and Families
Superseded: Early Childhood, Health, Homelessness, Indigenous
Retired: National Health Performance Authority (retired)
Qualified: Youth Justice

Address—statistical area

457285 | Data Element Concept
A designated region with a pre-determined population used for describing location and contact details. Based on the Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS) structure of six hierarchical statistical area levels comprised in ascending order.
Superseded: Health, Early Childhood
Standard: Community Services (retired), Disability, Children and Families
Retired: National Health Performance Authority (retired)

Australian postcode code (Postcode datafile) {NNNN}

463806 | Value Domain
The Postcode datafile code set representing Australian postcodes as defined by Australia Post.
Standard: Community Services (retired), Housing assistance, Independent Hospital Pricing Authority, WA Health, Commonwealth Department of Health, Disability
Superseded: Early Childhood, Health, Homelessness, Indigenous, Children and Families
Retired: National Health Performance Authority (retired)

Australian Statistical Geography Standard 2011

437772 | Classification Scheme
The Australian Bureau of Statistics framework for statistical geography. The main purpose of the Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS) is the dissemination of geographically classified statistics. It provides a common framework of statistical geography which enables the publication of statistics that are comparable and spatially integrated.
Superseded: Health, Early Childhood, Tasmanian Health, Children and Families
Standard: Community Services (retired), Independent Hospital Pricing Authority, Disability, Commonwealth Department of Health

Person—area of usual residence, statistical area level 2 (SA2) code (ASGS 2011) N(9)

469909 | Data Element
The geographical region in which a person or group of people usually reside, as represented by a code.
Superseded: Health, Tasmanian Health, Early Childhood
Standard: Independent Hospital Pricing Authority, Community Services (retired), WA Health, Disability

Person—sex

269716 | Data Element Concept
Sex is the biological distinction between male and female. Where there is an inconsistency between anatomical and chromosomal characteristics, sex is based on anatomical characteristics.
Superseded: Health, Early Childhood, Homelessness, Indigenous, Tasmanian Health
Standard: Community Services (retired), Housing assistance, Independent Hospital Pricing Authority, Commonwealth Department of Health, WA Health, Disability, Children and Families
Retired: National Health Performance Authority (retired)
Qualified: Youth Justice

Person—sex, code N

287316 | Data Element
The biological distinction between male and female, as represented by a code.
Superseded: Health, Early Childhood, Homelessness, Indigenous
Standard: Community Services (retired), Housing assistance, Independent Hospital Pricing Authority, Disability, Children and Families
Retired: National Health Performance Authority (retired)
Qualified: Youth Justice

Service activity type needed

269332 | Property
A descriptor of the class of service activity needed.
Superseded: Community Services (retired), Early Childhood
Standard: Homelessness, Housing assistance, Disability

Service provider organisation—number of service operation weeks

269807 | Data Element Concept | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
The actual number of weeks during a specified period that the agency is open for the provision of service.
Standard: Community Services (retired), Health, Disability, Indigenous
Superseded: Early Childhood

Service provider organisation—number of service operation weeks (calendar year), total NN

270377 | Data Element | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
The actual number of weeks per year that the agency is open for the provision of service.
Standard: Community Services (retired), Health, Indigenous, Disability
Superseded: Early Childhood

Sex

269231 | Property
The biological distinction between male and female.
Superseded: Health, Early Childhood, Homelessness, Indigenous, Tasmanian Health
Standard: Community Services (retired), Housing assistance, Independent Hospital Pricing Authority, Commonwealth Department of Health, WA Health, Disability, Children and Families
Retired: National Health Performance Authority (retired)
Qualified: Youth Justice

Sex code N

270807 | Value Domain
A code set representing the biological distinction between male, female and intersex.
Superseded: Health, Early Childhood, Indigenous
Standard: Community Services (retired), Housing assistance, Homelessness, Independent Hospital Pricing Authority, Disability, Children and Families
Retired: National Health Performance Authority (retired)
Qualified: Youth Justice

Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas (SEIFA) cluster 2011

477111 | Data Set Specification | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.
The person level geographical location data elements in this cluster refer to the person's usual residence. This is defined below. When collecting the geographical location of a person's usual place of residence, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) recommends that 'usual' be defined as: 'the place where the person has or intends to live for 6 months or more, or the place that the person regards as their main residence, or where the person has no other residence, the place they currently ...
Standard: Community Services (retired), Disability
Superseded: Early Childhood

Statistical area

457283 | Property
A designated region with a pre-determined population range primarily for statistical usage. Based on the Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS) structure of six hierarchical statistical area levels comprised in ascending order. Each level directly aggregates to the level above. This principle continues up through the remaining levels of the hierarchy.
Superseded: Health, Early Childhood, Children and Families
Standard: Community Services (retired), Disability
Retired: National Health Performance Authority (retired)

Statistical area level 2 (SA2) code (ASGS 2011) N(9)

455810 | Value Domain
A code set representing a medium-sized area built from whole Statistical areas level 1 (SA1s). The aim of Statistical areas level 2 (SA2s) is to represent a community that interacts together socially and economically.
Superseded: Health, Tasmanian Health, Children and Families, Early Childhood
Standard: Community Services (retired), Independent Hospital Pricing Authority, WA Health, Disability

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