Dwelling—Australian postcode

Metadata item type:Data Element Concept
METeOR identifier:302038
Registration status:Housing assistance, Standard 10/02/2006
Definition:The numeric descriptor for a postal delivery area, aligned with locality, suburb or place for the address of a dwelling.
Context:Postcode is an important part of a dwelling's postal address and facilitates written communication. It is one of a number of geographic identifiers that can be used to determine a geographic location. Postcode may assist with uniquely identifying a dwelling.

Object Class attributes

Identifying and definitional attributes

Object class:Dwelling
Definition:A structure or a discrete space within a structure intended for people to live in or where a person or group of people live. Thus a structure that people actually live in is a dwelling regardless of its intended purpose, but a vacant structure is only a dwelling if intended for human residence. A dwelling may include one or more rooms used as an office or workshop provided the dwelling is in residential use.
Context:Dwellings are the main counting unit in the housing sector. Dwellings are reported for a variety of purposes including number of untenantable or tenantable, and occupied or vacant dwellings. Dwellings may be owned and/or, managed, and/or available for a use by a specific program, including head-leased stock from private and government sources. A dwelling includes a boarding house building and boarding house units.
Specialisation of:Environmental factors

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:

Boarding house rooms or beds are not identified as separate dwellings unless they are self-contained. Self-contained rooms are therefore defined as units and are counted as a separate dwelling.

For the public rental housing and state owned and managed Indigenous housing data collections, the number of tenancy (rental) units is used as a proxy for counting the number of dwellings.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:

National Housing Data Development Committee

Origin:Australian Bureau of Statistics: 2001 Census Data Dictionary (Cat. no. 2901.0). Reference through: http://www.abs.gov.au.

Property attributes

Identifying and definitional attributes

Property:Australian postcode
Definition:The numeric descriptor for a postal delivery area, aligned with locality, suburb or place.
Context:Postcode is an important part of a postal address and facilitates written communication. It is one of a number of geographic identifiers that can be used to determine a geographic location.
Property group:Location characteristics

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:

Standards Australia

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Data element concept attributes

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:National Housing Data Development Committee

Relational attributes

Related metadata references:

Has been superseded by Address—Australian postcode Housing assistance, Standard 02/05/2013, Health, Standard 07/12/2011, Early Childhood, Standard 09/03/2012, Homelessness, Standard 02/05/2013, Tasmanian Health, Endorsed 01/09/2016, WA Health, Endorsed 06/03/2014, Independent Hospital Pricing Authority, Standard 31/10/2012, Indigenous, Endorsed 13/03/2015, Commonwealth Department of Health, Standard 14/10/2015, Disability, Standard 07/10/2014, Children and Families, Standard 22/11/2016, Community Services (retired), Standard 06/02/2012, Commonwealth Department of Social Services, Standard 20/06/2018, National Health Performance Authority (retired), Retired 01/07/2016, ACT Health, Final 19/07/2018

Data Elements implementing this Data Element Concept:

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