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Person—living arrangement, code N

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termData Element
Short name:Help on this termLiving arrangement
METeOR identifier:Help on this term270385
Registration status:Help on this termDisability, Standard 07/10/2014
Community Services (retired), Standard 01/03/2005
Definition:Help on this termWhether a person usually resides alone or with others, as represented by a code.
Data Element Concept:Person—living arrangement

Value domain attributes

Representational attributes

Representation class:Help on this termCode
Data type:Help on this termNumber
Format:Help on this termN
Maximum character length:Help on this term1
Permissible values:Help on this term
ValueMeaning
1Lives alone
2Lives with family
3Lives with others
Supplementary values:Help on this term
9Not stated/inadequately described

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:Help on this term

CODE 2 Lives with family:

If the person's household includes both family and non-family members, the person should be recorded as living with family. 'Living with family' should be considered to include de facto and same sex relationships.

On occasion, difficulties can arise in deciding the living arrangement of a person due to their type of accommodation (e.g. boarding houses, hostels, group homes, retirement villages, residential aged care facilities).

In these circumstances the person should be regarded as living alone, except in those instances in which they are sharing their own private space/room within the premises with a significant other (e.g. partner, sibling, close friend).

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this termAustralian Institute of Health and Welfare

Data element attributes

Collection and usage attributes

Collection methods:Help on this termGenerally this metadata item is collected for the person's usual living arrangement, but may also, if required, be collected for a person's main living arrangement or living arrangement at a particular time reference point.
Comments:Help on this termIt is important to record the type of living arrangement for a person in order to develop a sense of the level of support, both physically and emotionally, to which a person may have access.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this term

Commonwealth and State/Territory Home and Community Care Officials

Origin:Help on this term

National Health Data Committee

National Community Services Data Committee

Commonwealth Department of Health and Family Services 1998. Home and Community Care Data Dictionary. Version 1.0. Canberra: DHFS.

Relational attributes

Related metadata references:Help on this term

Supersedes Living arrangement, version 3, DE, NCSDD, NCSIMG, Superseded 01/03/2005.pdf (15.6 KB)

Implementation in Data Set Specifications:Help on this term
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Commonwealth State/Territory Disability Agreement NMDS (July 2008) Community Services (retired), Superseded 11/11/2009

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Commonwealth State/Territory Disability Agreement NMDS - 1 July 2006 Community Services (retired), Superseded 14/12/2008

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Disability services carer details cluster Disability, Standard 13/08/2015
Community Services (retired), Standard 10/04/2013

Disability services client details cluster Disability, Standard 13/08/2015
Community Services (retired), Standard 10/04/2013

Disability Services NMDS 2009-10 Community Services (retired), Superseded 15/12/2011

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Disability Services NMDS 2010-11 Community Services (retired), Superseded 15/12/2011

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Disability Services NMDS 2011-12 Community Services (retired), Superseded 13/03/2013

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Disability Services NMDS 2012-14 Community Services (retired), Standard 13/03/2013

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Disability Services NMDS 2014-15 Disability, Superseded 29/02/2016
Community Services (retired), Proposed 23/04/2014

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Disability Services NMDS 2015–16 Disability, Superseded 28/09/2016

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Disability Services NMDS 2016–17 Disability, Superseded 15/12/2017

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Disability Services NMDS 2017–18 Disability, Superseded 05/07/2019

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Disability Services NMDS 2018–19 Disability, Standard 05/07/2019

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