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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

Client—amount of assistance

347753 | Data Element Concept
The amount of assistance received by a client of an agency or organisation.
Standard: Community Services (retired), Housing assistance, Homelessness, Disability

Date—accuracy indicator

294418 | Data Element Concept
An indicator of the accuracy of the components of a reported date.
Standard: Health, Community Services (retired), Housing assistance, Early Childhood, Homelessness, Disability

Person (employed)—full-time/part-time status

318678 | Data Element Concept | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
Whether a person in paid employment is employed full-time or part-time.
Standard: Community Services (retired), Housing assistance, Disability
Superseded: Homelessness

Person—activity and participation life area

324435 | Data Element Concept
The life area in which a person may participate or undertake activities.
Standard: Health, Community Services (retired), Homelessness, Housing assistance, Disability

Person—country of birth

269686 | Data Element Concept
The country in which the person was born.
Standard: Health, Community Services (retired), Housing assistance, Homelessness, Tasmanian Health, Independent Hospital Pricing Authority, WA Health, Disability, Commonwealth Department of Social Services (retired), Youth Justice

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—first language spoken

269743 | Data Element Concept
The language the person identifies, or remembers, as being the first language that they could understand to the extent of being able to conduct a conversation.
Standard: Community Services (retired), Housing assistance, Health, Disability
Superseded: Homelessness

Person—housing tenure type

337684 | Data Element Concept
A description of a person's legal right to occupy a dwelling in which he/she lives.
Standard: Community Services (retired), Housing assistance, Disability
Superseded: Homelessness

Person—Indigenous status

269618 | Data Element Concept
Indigenous Status is a measure of whether a person identifies as being of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander origin. This is in accord with the first two of three components of the Commonwealth definition.
Superseded: Health, Housing assistance, Early Childhood, Homelessness, Tasmanian Health, Indigenous, Disability
Standard: Community Services (retired), Independent Hospital Pricing Authority, WA 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—labour force status

269466 | Data Element Concept
The self reported status the person currently has in being either in the labour force (employed/unemployed) or not in the labour force. The categories are determined by a person's status in relation to current economic activity (which is measured by their activities in relation to work in a specified reference period).
Standard: Health, Community Services (retired), Housing assistance, Homelessness, Disability

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—living arrangement

269813 | Data Element Concept
Whether a person usually resides alone or with others.
Standard: Health, Community Services (retired), Housing assistance, Homelessness, Disability

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—need for assistance with activities in a life area

324423 | Data Element Concept
The personal assistance and/or supervision a person needs to perform tasks and actions in a life area.
Standard: Health, Community Services (retired), Homelessness, Housing assistance, Disability

Person—principal source of cash income

462231 | Data Element Concept
The source from which a person derives the greatest proportion of his/her cash income.
Standard: Housing assistance, Community Services (retired), Homelessness, Disability

Person—proficiency in spoken English

269667 | Data Element Concept
A person's self-assessed level of ability to speak English.
Standard: Health, Community Services (retired), Housing assistance, Disability, Homelessness

Person—school enrolment and attendance status

401803 | Data Element Concept
The school enrolment and attendance status of a person.
Standard: Housing assistance, Community Services (retired), Disability
Superseded: Homelessness

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—student type

337591 | Data Element Concept
The type of education or training undertaken by a student.
Standard: Community Services (retired), Housing assistance, Homelessness, Disability

Person—student/employment training indicator

349593 | Data Element Concept
Whether a person is undertaking formal study or employment training.
Standard: Community Services (retired), Housing assistance, Homelessness, Disability

Person—year of first arrival in Australia

269447 | Data Element Concept
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

349891 | Data Element Concept
A key that enables the bringing together of two or more records that are believed to belong to the same individual.
Standard: Community Services (retired), Housing assistance, Early Childhood, Homelessness, Health, Disability

Service episode—episode end date

269621 | Data Element Concept | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
The date on which a service episode was completed.
Standard: Community Services (retired), Housing assistance, Homelessness, Disability

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

Service episode—service cessation reason

269396 | Data Element Concept | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
The reason the service episode ceased.
Standard: Community Services (retired), Housing assistance, Homelessness, Disability

Service episode—service ongoing indicator

401353 | Data Element Concept
Whether a client was receiving ongoing assistance and support by the agency.
Standard: Housing assistance, Homelessness, Community Services (retired), Disability

Service event—last service provision date

323262 | Data Element Concept | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
The date on which a service was last provided.
Standard: Community Services (retired), Housing assistance, Homelessness, Disability

Service provider organisation—organisation identifier

269787 | Data Element Concept
The unique identifier for the establishment, which provides care or services.
Standard: Community Services (retired), Housing assistance, Early Childhood, Homelessness, Disability

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