METEOR’s search works in a similar way to other search engines. You can use keywords or terms to pull up related content. The below tips are specific to METEOR and will help you to find what you need.

Try searching using either a keyword, specific term or METEOR ID number.

METEOR ID search

If you’re a returning user and know an item’s METEOR ID, you can enter it in the search box. Clicking the search icon will take you straight to the item’s page.


METEOR will automatically display suggestions for search terms as you’re typing. This predictive text will show you METEOR entries that exist for the topic you’re searching on. You don’t have to use any of these suggestions, but they may make your searching process faster and easier.

Pressing ‘tab’ will select the top suggestion. Otherwise, selecting from the list of suggestions will put the suggested search term into the search box. You can then click the search icon to find related content. Clicking anywhere on the search results will take you to the item’s page.

Spelling correction

METEOR will show search results with spelling correction. Misspelled terms can still be selected for search where relevant.

Dropdown options

The drop-down menus directly below the search text box allow you to limit the search results to any of the 18 content types in METEOR (see Learn about metadata to view the list), by item creation dates, and item revision dates.

Content types

Content types allow you to limit your search to various metadata building blocks and other topic or help content found in METEOR. See Learn about metadata to view a list of metadata item types that you can search in METEOR. Searching on Topic pages will give results from METEOR’s ‘non-metadata’ pages which explain metadata, how it is managed, how to use METEOR, and how to develop metadata.

Searching on Help will give results from all the pop-up information boxes that are linked to each metadata item. The Help search looks through all text from the METEOR Business Rules, which is accessed through the small ‘i’ icon used throughout the site.

Created date and Revision date

The Created and Revision date dropdown options limit your search to when an item was created or last revised. METEOR will search any time by default, or you can select or specify a custom period.

Custom search syntax

METEOR uses Lucene search syntax. This functionality can be useful to fine-tune your search results even more. Some of the commands include:

  1. Restrict search to the titles of items by using Name: Searchterm. Note that it has to be written exactly as Name, with the capital N. Using name will not work. It doesn’t matter if there’s a space around the colon or not.
  2. Force a second term to be included by using AND.
  3. Widen your search to include another option using the term OR.

For example, if you’re looking for something with the word ‘baby’ in the title you would use Name: baby. METEOR will also give you results for the plural of the search term, so if you search on ‘baby’ you will also get results for ‘babies’. If looking for something with two terms (‘baby’ and ‘admission’) you would use Name: baby AND admission.

Sort by

You can also display your search results with a range of options in the Sort by drop-down menu on the right. You can sort on Relevance, Most/Least Recently Created, Most/Least Recently Updated, and Alphabetically (A–Z and Z–A).


The Clear button resets the Search page.

Filtering search results

You can fine-tune your search results using the filters that appear in the left-hand menu after searching any term. These filters are dynamic and will only display options specific to your search term, for example, only registration authorities relating to your search term will be displayed. You can use multiple filters at once.

Some of the filters change depending on your role within METEOR. If you are using METEOR without an account, you can search on metadata item type, public registration statuses, METEOR ID, and registration authority. You are also able to compare two items.

If you are using METEOR without an account, you will not be able to save bookmarks for items you’re interested in. There are also some non-public registration statuses that you won’t be able to see.

If you wish to save bookmarks, you can sign up for a free METEOR account easily, just follow the Sign up now prompts after clicking on the Sign In button. If you have an account, you will also be able to subscribe to notifications about changes to specific items in METEOR.

If you are logged in to METEOR as a metadata developer, or any other official role, there are some additional search options. You will be able to restrict your search to the full range of registration status options, including non-public statuses. You will also be able to save bookmarks and subscribe to notifications about changes to items.

Each search result has a small ‘hamburger’ icon on the right . This gives you download links for the metadata item as a PDF or a Word document.


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Activity—functioning, disability and health

327296 | Glossary Item
In the context of health, an activity is the execution of a task or action by an individual.
Standard: Health, Community Services (retired), Disability


327208 | Glossary Item | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW)
Adoption is the legal process by which a person legally becomes a child of the adoptive parents and legally ceases to be a child of his/her existing parents.
Standard: Health, Community Services (retired), Indigenous, Disability, Children and Families

Assistance with activities and participation

327298 | Glossary Item
The help that a person receives or needs from another person, because of their difficulty in performing an activity or in participating in an area of life.
Standard: Health, Community Services (retired), Disability

Body functions

327294 | Glossary Item
Body functions are the physiological functions of body systems (including psychological functions).
Standard: Health, Community Services (retired), Disability

Body structures

327300 | Glossary Item
Body structures are anatomical parts of the body such as organs, limbs and their components.
Standard: Health, Community Services (retired), Disability

Carer Allowance

515353 | Glossary Item
A supplementary payment for parents or carers who provide daily care to an adult or dependent child who has a disability or medical condition or is frail aged.
Standard: Community Services (retired), Disability

Carer Payment

515394 | Glossary Item
Support if you are unable to work in paid employment because you provide full-time care to someone with a severe disability, medical condition, or is frail aged.
Standard: Community Services (retired), Disability


327304 | Glossary Item
Disability is the umbrella term for any or all of: an impairment of body structure or function, a limitation in activities, or a restriction in participation. Disability is a multi-dimensional and complex concept and is conceived as a dynamic interaction between health conditions and environmental and personal factors (WHO 2001:6).
Superseded: Health, Children and Families
Standard: Community Services (retired), Housing assistance, Disability

Environmental factors

327286 | Glossary Item
Environmental factors make up the physical, social and attitudinal environment in which people live and conduct their lives.
Standard: Health, Community Services (retired), Disability


351499 | Glossary Item
Two or more people related by blood, marriage (registered or de facto), adoption, step or fostering who may or may not live together.
Standard: Health, Community Services (retired), Housing assistance, Indigenous, Disability, Children and Families


327292 | Glossary Item
Functioning is the umbrella term for any or all of: body functions, body structures, activities and participation. Functioning is a multidimensional concept denoting the neutral aspects of the interaction between an individual (with a health condition) and that individual's environmental and personal factors.
Standard: Health, Community Services (retired), Disability


454203 | Glossary Item
A description of the coordinates representing the location/position of an object.
Standard: Community Services (retired), Disability, Health

Geographic indicator

327306 | Glossary Item
A classification scheme that divides an area into mutually exclusive sub-areas based on geographic location. Some geographic indicators are:Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC, ABS cat. no. 1216.0, effective up until 1 July 2011)Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS, ABS cat. nos. 1270.0.55.001 to 1270.0.55.005, effective from 1 July 2011)administrative regionselectoratesAccessibility/Remoteness Index of Australia (ARIA)Rural, Remote and Metropolitan Area Classificati...
Superseded: Health, Indigenous, Children and Families
Standard: Community Services (retired), Housing assistance, Homelessness, Early Childhood, Commonwealth Department of Health, Disability, Tasmanian Health
Qualified: Youth Justice

Impairment of body structure

327288 | Glossary Item
Impairments of body structure are problems in body structure such as a loss or significant departure from population standards or averages.
Standard: Health, Community Services (retired), Disability

Informal carer

353420 | Glossary Item
An informal carer includes any person, such as a family member, friend or neighbour, who is giving regular, ongoing assistance to another person.
Standard: Health, Community Services (retired), Disability

NDA service type outlet

501973 | Glossary Item | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
A service type outlet is the unit of the funded agency that delivers a particular National Disability Agreement (NDA) service type at or from a discrete location.
Standard: Community Services (retired), Disability

NDA service user

502689 | Glossary Item | National Disability Data Network (NDDN)
A National Disability Agreement (NDA) service user is a person with a disability who received one or more NDA-funded services during the reporting period (e.g. the financial year).
Standard: Community Services (retired), Disability

Participation - functioning, disability and health

327312 | Glossary Item
In the context of health, participation is involvement in a life situation.
Standard: Health, Community Services (retired), Disability

Statistical Local Area

327460 | Glossary Item
The smallest level of geography contained in the Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC).
Standard: Community Services (retired), Health, Disability, Tasmanian Health


327272 | Glossary Item | Australian Bureau of Statistics, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
A person who willingly gives unpaid help in the form of time, service or skills through an organisation or group.
Standard: Community Services (retired), Health, Indigenous, Disability

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