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You can also use asterisks * for a wildcard search, which allows the search engine to replace any content with the asterisk. The METEOR wildcard search requires a precise format. It can only be inserted inside or at the end of a word, with at least one letter next to it (but not at the front of a word). The wildcard standing in isolation will also not work. For instance, ca*e* will bring up results for 'care', 'category', 'calendar' and 'cancer', while *cer or cancer * will not bring up any results.


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Collection of locality, postcode and state/territory for SEIFA cluster

686704 | Data Set Specification
This cluster contains three data elements which, if collected together, enable data to be mapped to Statistical Areal Level 2 (SA2) or Statistical Local Area (SLA) geographic unit which can be examined on the SEIFA indexes to ascertain a SEIFA score for a geographic area which is a measure of the collective socio-economic status of the people living in the area. The collection of information about a person's or service provider organisation's locality, postcode and state/territory enables the ge...
Standard: Early Childhood

Early Childhood Education and Care DSS 2015

602243 | Data Set Specification | Early Childhood Data Sub Group (ECDSG)
This data set has been developed to support the collection of data under the National Information Agreement on Early Childhood Education and Care. Responsibility for early childhood learning and care is shared between the Australian Government and the state and territory governments, and involves a wide range of service providers including government, local government, community, schools and the private sector. The Agreement provides a framework for cooperation between the Commonwealth, state an...
Standard: Early Childhood

Early Childhood Education and Care DSS 2021

746434 | Data Set Specification
This data set has been developed to support the collection of data under the National Information Agreement on Early Childhood Education and Care (NIA ECEC). Responsibility for early childhood learning and care is shared between the Australian Government and the state and territory governments, and involves a wide range of service providers including government, local government, community, schools and the private sector.The NIA ECEC provides a framework for cooperation between the Australian Go...
Standard: Early Childhood

Early childhood education and care worker cluster

602275 | Data Set Specification | Early Childhood Data Sub Group (ECDSG)
These data items are used in conjunction with each other to describe the contact workers employed in early childhood education and care services.
Standard: Early Childhood

Early Childhood Education and Care: Aggregate NMDS 2015

602245 | Data Set Specification | Early Childhood Data Sub Group (ECDSG)
This data set has been developed to support the collection of data under the National Information Agreement on Early Childhood Education and Care. Responsibility for early childhood learning and care is shared between the Australian Government and the state and territory governments, and involves a wide range of service providers including government, local government, community, schools and the private sector. The Agreement provides a framework for cooperation between the Commonwealth, state an...
Standard: Early Childhood

Early Childhood Education and Care: Aggregate NMDS 2018

686212 | Data Set Specification | Australian Department of Education and Training
This data set has been developed to support the collection of data under the National Information Agreement on Early Childhood Education and Care. Responsibility for early childhood learning and care is shared between the Australian Government and the state and territory governments, and involves a wide range of service providers including government, local government, community, schools and the private sector. The Agreement provides a framework for cooperation between the Australian Government,...
Standard: Early Childhood

Early Childhood Education and Care: Unit Record Level NMDS 2021

745996 | Data Set Specification
This data set has been developed to support the collection of data under the National Information Agreement on Early Childhood Education and Care (NIA ECEC). Responsibility for early childhood learning and care is shared between the Australian Government and the state and territory governments, and involves a wide range of service providers including government, local government, community, schools and the private sector.The NIA ECEC provides a framework for cooperation between the Australian Go...
Standard: Early Childhood

Estimated resident population (ERP) cluster (early childhood education and care)

391940 | Data Set Specification | Early Childhood Data Sub Group (ECDSG)
Standard: Early Childhood

Fee schedule cluster (early childhood education and care)

397168 | Data Set Specification | Early Childhood Data Sub Group (ECDSG)
These data items are used in conjunction with each other to describe the fee schedules for each type of service, based on time period, activity or group. They are collected together and reported as a dollar amount against each fee schedule type within a service type. Fees recorded should be the standard one child fee. Services should report their standard fee, that is, the tuition fee only, without any reductions such as fee relief, sliding scales for families or other discounts. Voluntary lev...
Standard: Early Childhood

Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas (SEIFA) (2016 Census, ASGS 2016) cluster

695778 | Data Set Specification | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.
The SEIFA cluster contains data elements that may be used to ascertain a SEIFA score for a geographic area which is a measure of the collective socio-economic status of the people living in the area. 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 p...
Standard: Early Childhood, Health

Statistical linkage key 581 cluster

349510 | Data Set Specification | Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.
Statistical data linkage refers to the bringing together of data from different sources to gain a greater understanding of a situation or individual from the combined (or linked) dataset. This facilitates a better understanding of the patterns of service use by groups of clients for research, statistical or policy analysis, planning and evaluation purposes. Its form is: XXXXXDDMMYYYYN The sequence in which the linkage key is completed is as follows: Family name (the first 3 Xs) Given name (the 4...
Standard: Community Services (retired), Housing assistance, Early Childhood, Disability
Superseded: Homelessness, Health

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