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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Birth event

268965 | Object Class | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
The sequence of actions by which a baby and the afterbirth (placenta) are expelled or extracted from the uterus at childbirth. The process usually starts spontaneously about 280 days after conception with onset of labour, but it may be started by artificial means.
Superseded: Health
Standard: Indigenous

Birth weight

269347 | Property | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
The weight of a newborn as recorded at birth.
Superseded: Health, Tasmanian Health
Standard: Indigenous

Birth—birth weight

269455 | Data Element Concept
The first weight of the live born or stillborn baby obtained after birth, or the weight of the neonate or infant on the date admitted if this is different from the date of birth.
Superseded: Health, Tasmanian Health
Standard: Indigenous

Episode of residential care

533521 | Object Class
The period of care between the start of residential care (either through the formal start of the residential stay or the start of a new reference period) and the end of the residential care (either through the formal end of residential care or the end of the reference period, i.e. 30 June).
Superseded: Health
Standard: Indigenous

Group session status

294406 | Property | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
An indicator of services, care or assistance simultaneously being provided to more than one person.
Superseded: Health
Standard: Independent Hospital Pricing Authority, Indigenous

Indigenous status code N

270885 | Value Domain | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
A code set representing Indigenous status.
Superseded: Health, Housing assistance, Early Childhood, Homelessness, Tasmanian Health, Disability, Children and Families
Standard: Community Services (retired), Independent Hospital Pricing Authority, WA Health, Indigenous
Qualified: Youth Justice

National Healthcare Agreement: PB 02-By 2018, reduce the national smoking rate to 10 per cent of the population and halve the Indigenous smoking rate (Baseline specification), 2012

435809 | Indicator
Superseded: Health
Standard: Indigenous

National Healthcare Agreement: PB 08-Close the life expectancy gap for Indigenous Australians within a generation, 2012

443701 | Indicator
Superseded: Health
Standard: Indigenous

National Healthcare Agreement: PB 09-Halve the mortality gap for Indigenous children under five within a decade, 2012

443707 | Indicator
Superseded: Health
Standard: Indigenous

National Healthcare Agreement: PI 64a: Indigenous Australians in the health workforce (for selected professions of medical practitioners and nurses/midwives), 2011 QS

448973 | Data Quality Statement
The AIHW Medical Labour Force Survey and the AIHW Nursing and Midwifery Labour Force Survey, which are the data sources for the indicator, were conducted with a focus on the overall professions, rather than Indigenous Australians. For the indicator, data are limited because of the small numbers of Indigenous Australians identified in the surveys. Small numbers are a result of: small Indigenous representation in the Australian population; small Indigenous representation in the Australian health...
Superseded: Health
Standard: Indigenous

Person (name)—name title

269708 | Data Element Concept
An honorific form of address, commencing a name, used when addressing a person by name, whether by mail, by phone, or in person.
Superseded: Health
Standard: Community Services (retired), Indigenous, Disability, Tasmanian Health


524972 | Glossary Item
A person who receives residential care intended to be for a minimum of one night.
Superseded: Health, Tasmanian Health
Standard: Indigenous
Qualified: Independent Hospital Pricing Authority


635230 | Property | Australian Youth Justice Administrators (AYJA)
Sex refers to an individual's biological characteristics. An individual's sex is usually described as being either male or female. An individual may have both male and female characteristics, or neither male nor female characteristics, or other sexual characteristics.
Superseded: Health, Tasmanian Health, Youth Justice
Standard: Indigenous, Homelessness, Early Childhood

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