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Person (address)—postal delivery point identifier, {N(8)}

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termData Element
Short name:Help on this termPostal delivery point identifier (person)
Synonymous names:Help on this termAustralian delivery point identifier
METeOR identifier:Help on this term287220
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Superseded 05/10/2016
Community Services (retired), Superseded 06/02/2012
Definition:Help on this termA unique number assigned to a person's postal address as recorded on the Australia Post Postal Address File (PAF).
Data Element Concept:Person (address)—postal delivery point identifier

Value domain attributes

Representational attributes

Representation class:Help on this termIdentifier
Data type:Help on this termNumber
Format:Help on this term{N(8)}
Maximum character length:Help on this term8

Source and reference attributes

Origin:Help on this termCustomer Barcoding Technical Specifications, 1998: Australia Post
Reference documents:Help on this termAS5017 Health Care Client Identification, 2002, Sydney: Standards Australia
AS4846 Health Care Provider Identification, 2004, Sydney: Standards Australia

Data element attributes

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:Help on this term

Australia Post maintains a Postal Address File (PAF) database which contains Australian postal delivery addresses and their corresponding eight (8) character unique identification number known as a Delivery Point Identifier (DPID). While the PAF is concerned with postal address, for many persons' a postal address will be the same as their residential address. The PAF can be used to improve the recording of address data at the time of data collection.

The Postal Address File may be used at the time of data collection to confirm that the combined metadata items of address line, suburb/town/locality, Australian state/territory identifier and postcode - Australian are accurately recorded.

Collection methods:Help on this termThe Delivery Point Identifier (DPID) is assigned electronically to recognised Australia Post delivery addresses following reference to the Postal Address File (PAF) database.
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In October 1999, Australia Post introduced a bar-coding system for bulk mail lodgements. Agencies or establishments can use software to improve the quality of person address data it collects and records and, at the same time, receive financial benefits by reducing its postage expenses.

The DPID is easily converted to a bar code and can be included on correspondence and address labels. If the bar code is displayed on a standard envelope that passes through a mail-franking machine (e.g. as used by most major hospitals), the postage cost is reduced. Every three months, Australia Post provides updates to the PAF database. For more information, contact Australia Post.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this termStandards Australia
Origin:Help on this term

National Health Data Standards Committee

National Community Services Data Committee

Standards Australia 2002. Australian Standard AS5017-2002 Health Care Client Identification. Sydney: Standards Australia

Reference documents:Help on this termAS4846 Health Care Provider Identification, 2006, Sydney: Standards Australia

Relational attributes

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Has been superseded by Address—postal delivery point identifier, identifier {N(8)} Health, Standard 05/10/2016, Disability, Standard 13/08/2015, Community Services (retired), Standard 06/02/2012

Supersedes Person (address)—postal delivery point identifier, {N(8)} Health, Superseded 04/05/2005, Community Services (retired), Superseded 25/08/2005

Is formed using Person (address)—suburb/town/locality name, text A[A(49)] Housing assistance, Superseded 01/05/2013, Health, Superseded 07/12/2011, Early Childhood, Superseded 09/03/2012, Homelessness, Standard 23/08/2010, Community Services (retired), Superseded 06/02/2012

Implementation in Data Set Specifications:Help on this term

Health care client identification DSS Health, Superseded 03/12/2008

Health care client identification DSS Health, Retired 20/03/2013

Health care provider identification DSS Health, Superseded 04/07/2007

Health care provider identification DSS Health, Superseded 03/12/2008

Health care provider identification DSS Health, Retired 20/03/2013

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