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Address—Australian postcode

429892 | Data Element Concept | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
The Australian numeric descriptor for a postal delivery area for an address.
Standard: Community Services (retired), Early Childhood, Health, Tasmanian Health, Housing assistance, Independent Hospital Pricing Authority, WA Health, Homelessness, Commonwealth Department of Health, Indigenous, Disability, Children and Families, Commonwealth Department of Social Services (retired), Youth Justice
Retired: National Health Performance Authority (retired)

Address—suburb/town/locality name

429887 | Data Element Concept | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
The name of the locality/suburb of the address.
Standard: Community Services (retired), Early Childhood, Health, Tasmanian Health, Housing assistance, Homelessness, WA Health, Indigenous, Disability, Children and Families, Youth Justice

Person—age

290402 | Data Element Concept
The age of the person.
Standard: Health, Community Services (retired), Housing assistance, Early Childhood, Tasmanian Health, WA Health, Indigenous, Children and Families
Retired: National Health Performance Authority (retired)

Person—Australian state/territory identifier

269512 | Data Element Concept
The Australian state or territory where a person can be located.
Superseded: Health, Children and Families
Standard: Community Services (retired), Housing assistance, Early Childhood, Homelessness

Person—date of birth

269565 | Data Element Concept
The date of birth of the person.
Standard: Health, Community Services (retired), Housing assistance, Early Childhood, Homelessness, Tasmanian Health, Independent Hospital Pricing Authority, Indigenous, Commonwealth Department of Health, WA Health, Disability, Children and Families, Commonwealth Department of Social Services (retired), Youth Justice
Retired: National Health Performance Authority (retired)

Person—disability status

609109 | Data Element Concept | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
An indicator that a person has a disability.
Standard: Children and Families, Housing assistance

Person—disability status

269740 | Data Element Concept
Whether a person has a disability.
Standard: Housing assistance
Superseded: Health, Children and Families

Person—Indigenous status

615458 | Data Element Concept | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
Whether a person identifies as being of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander origin.
Standard: Health, Disability, Tasmanian Health, Children and Families, Commonwealth Department of Social Services (retired), Housing assistance, Indigenous, Homelessness, Early Childhood, Youth Justice
Qualified: Independent Hospital Pricing Authority

Person—letters of family name

349493 | Data Element Concept
A specific combination of letters selected from the person's family name (surname).
Standard: Community Services (retired), Housing assistance, Early Childhood, Homelessness, Health, Disability, Children and Families, Youth Justice

Person—letters of given name

349491 | Data Element Concept
A specific combination of letters selected from the person's first name (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

269642 | Data Element Concept
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.
Standard: Health, Community Services (retired), Housing assistance, Homelessness, Disability, Children and Families

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

Service episode—episode start date

338562 | Data Element Concept | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
The date on which a service episode commenced.
Standard: Community Services (retired), Housing assistance, Homelessness, Disability, Children and Families

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