Australian postcode code (Postcode datafile) {NNNN}

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Value Domain
METeOR identifier:287222
Registration status:Housing assistance, Standard 10/02/2006
Health, Superseded 07/12/2011
Early Childhood, Superseded 09/03/2012
Homelessness, Standard 23/08/2010
Indigenous, Archived 13/03/2015
Community Services (retired), Superseded 06/02/2012
Definition:The Postcode datafile code set representing Australian postcodes as defined by Australia Post.

Representational attributes

Classification scheme:Postcode datafile
Representation class:Code
Data type:Number
Format:{NNNN}
Maximum character length:4

Collection and usage attributes

Comments:

Postcode - Australian may be used in the analysis of data on a geographical basis, which involves a conversion from postcodes to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) postal areas. This conversion results in some inaccuracy of information. However, in some data sets postcode is the only geographic identifier, therefore the use of other more accurate indicators (e.g. Statistical Local Area (SLA)) is not always possible.

When dealing with aggregate data, postal areas, converted from postcodes, can be mapped to Australian Standard Geographical Classification codes using an ABS concordance, for example to determine SLAs. It should be noted that such concordances should not be used to determine the SLA of any individual's postcode. Where individual street addresses are available, these can be mapped to ASGC codes (e.g. SLAs).

Relational attributes

Related metadata references:

Has been superseded by Australian postcode code (Postcode datafile - Tasmanian variation) {NNNN} Tasmanian Health, Endorsed 01/09/2016

Supersedes Australian postcode code (Postcode datafile) NNN[N] Health, Superseded 04/05/2005, Community Services (retired), Superseded 25/08/2005

Has been superseded by Australian postcode code (Postcode datafile) {NNNN} Housing assistance, Standard 02/05/2013, Health, Superseded 05/10/2016, Early Childhood, Superseded 24/07/2018, Homelessness, Superseded 10/08/2018, Tasmanian Health, Final 30/06/2014, WA Health, Endorsed 06/03/2014, Independent Hospital Pricing Authority, Standard 31/10/2012, Indigenous, Archived 27/02/2018, Commonwealth Department of Health, Standard 14/10/2015, Disability, Standard 07/10/2014, Children and Families, Superseded 20/01/2021, Community Services (retired), Standard 06/02/2012, National Health Performance Authority (retired), Retired 01/07/2016

Data elements implementing this value domain:

Dwelling—Australian postcode code (Postcode datafile) {NNNN} Housing assistance, Superseded 01/05/2013

Housing assistance agency—Australian postcode code (Postcode datafile) {NNNN} Housing assistance, Superseded 01/05/2013

Person (address)—Australian postcode, code (Postcode datafile) {NNNN} Housing assistance, Superseded 30/05/2013
Health, Superseded 07/12/2011
Early Childhood, Superseded 09/03/2012
Homelessness, Superseded 30/05/2013
Community Services (retired), Superseded 06/02/2012

Service provider organisation (address)—Australian postcode, code (Postcode datafile) {NNNN} Housing assistance, Superseded 01/05/2013
Health, Superseded 07/12/2011
Early Childhood, Superseded 09/03/2012
Tasmanian Health, Proposed 30/09/2011
Community Services (retired), Superseded 06/02/2012

Workplace (address)—Australian postcode, code (Postcode datafile) {NNNN} Health, Superseded 07/12/2011