Service delivery outlet—geographic location, code (ASGC 2004) NNNNN

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Data Element
Short name:Geographical location of service delivery outlet
METeOR identifier:270071
Registration status:Health, Superseded 21/03/2006
Definition:Geographical location of a site from which a health/community service is delivered, as represented by a code.
Data Element Concept:Service delivery outlet—geographic location

Value domain attributes

Representational attributes

Classification scheme:Australian Standard Geographical Classification 2004
Representation class:Code
Data type:Number
Maximum character length:5

Data element attributes

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:

The geographical location is reported using a five digit numerical code to indicate the Statistical Local Area (SLA) within the reporting state or territory, as defined in the Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC). It is a composite of State identifier and SLA (first digit = State identifier, next four digits = SLA).

The Australian Bureau of Statistics' National Localities Index (NLI) can be used to assign each locality or address in Australia to an SLA. The NLI is a comprehensive list of localities in Australia with their full code (including SLA) from the main structure of the ASGC. For the majority of localities, the locality name (suburb or town, for example) is sufficient to assign an SLA. However, some localities have the same name. For most of these, limited additional information such as the postcode or State can be used with the locality name to assign the SLA.

In addition, other localities cross one or more SLA boundaries and are referred to as split localities. For these, the more detailed information of the number and street of the establishment is used with the Streets Sub- index of the NLI to assign the SLA.


To enable the analysis of the accessibility of service provision in relation to demographic and other characteristics of the population of a geographic area.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:

Intergovernmental Committee on Drugs National Minimum Data Set Working Group


Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ABS Cat. No. 1216.0)

Relational attributes

Related metadata references:

Is formed using Establishment—Australian state/territory identifier, code N Health, Superseded 18/12/2019, Commonwealth Department of Health, Candidate 16/07/2015, ACT Health, Final 09/08/2018

Supersedes Geographical location of service delivery outlet, version 1, Derived DE, NHDD, NHIMG, Superseded 01/03/2005.pdf (15.8 KB)

Has been superseded by Service delivery outlet—geographic location, code (ASGC 2005) NNNNN Health, Superseded 14/09/2006

Implementation in Data Set Specifications:

Alcohol and other drug treatment services NMDS Health, Superseded 21/03/2006

DSS specific attributes +