Establishment—geographical location, code (ASGC 2005) NNNNN

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Data Element
Short name:Geographical location of establishment
METeOR identifier:312244
Registration status:Health, Superseded 14/09/2006
Definition:The geographical location of the main administrative centre of an establishment, as represented by a code.
Data Element Concept:Establishment—geographic location

Value domain attributes

Representational attributes

Classification scheme:Australian Standard Geographical Classification 2005
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) (Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), catalogue number 1216.0). It is a composite of State identifier and SLA (first digit = State identifier, next four digits = SLA).

The Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC) is updated on an annual basis with a date of effect of 1 July each year. Therefore, the edition effective for the data collection reference year should be used.

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.

Source and reference attributes


National Health Data Committee

Australian Standard Geographical Classification (Australian Bureau of Statistics Catalogue 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Is formed using Establishment—Australian state/territory identifier, code N Health, Superseded 18/12/2019, Commonwealth Department of Health, Candidate 16/07/2015, ACT Health, Final 09/08/2018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 Establishment—geographical location, code (ASGC 2004) NNNNN Health, Superseded 21/03/2006

Has been superseded by Establishment—geographical location, code (ASGC 2006) NNNNN Health, Superseded 05/02/2008

Implementation in Data Set Specifications:
All attributes +

Mental health establishments NMDS 2006-07 Health, Superseded 23/10/2006

DSS specific attributes +

Public hospital establishments NMDS Health, Superseded 23/10/2006

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