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Legal order/arrangement type code N

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termValue Domain
METeOR identifier:Help on this term324833
Registration status:Help on this termCommunity Services (retired), Standard 02/05/2006
Definition:Help on this termA code set representing the type of legal order or arrangement a person is a subject of or party to.

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
0Not applicable
1Care and protection order
2Juvenile justice order
3Involuntary mental health patient (under mental health legislation)
4Restraining order
5Other legal order
Supplementary values:Help on this term
9Not stated/inadequately described

Collection and usage attributes

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The legal orders and arrangements listed above are a state responsibility and may vary across jurisdictions (for example, the number and type of care and protection orders vary quite considerably). As a result care should be taken in interpreting data differences across jurisdictions.

CODE 0    Not applicable

To be used where there is no legal order/arrangement in effect.

CODE 1    Care and protection orders:

A legal order for the care and protection of a child under 18 years of age. Care and protection orders comprise the following:

  • finalised guardianship or finalised custody orders sought through a court, or administrative arrangements that have the impact of transferring custody or guardianship;
  • finalised supervisory and other finalised court orders which give the department some responsibility for the child's welfare; and
  • interim and temporary orders and care applications.

Care and protection orders exclude administrative and voluntary arrangements with the community services departments that do not have the effect of transferring custody or guardianship.

There is a wide range of orders and arrangements included as care and protection orders, such as guardianship, custody, supervisory, undertakings, interim and temporary orders and undertakings. The types and numbers of orders vary considerably across states and territories.

CODE 2     Juvenile Justice orders:

Legal orders or arrangements under state and territory juvenile justice legislation. Includes orders involving detention and non-detention (non-detention orders may require supervision, commitments or undertakings from young people, fines and good behaviour bonds).

CODE 3     Involuntary mental health patient:

Approval is required under the state or territory mental health legislation in order to detain patients for the provision of mental health care or for patients to be treated compulsorily in the community. Each state and territory mental health legislation differs in the number of categories of involuntary patient that are recognised, and the specific titles and legal conditions applying to each type. The legal status categories, which provide for compulsory detention or compulsory treatment of the patient can be readily differentiated within each jurisdiction. These include special categories for forensic patients who are charged with or convicted of some form of criminal activity.

The mental health legal status of admitted patients treated within approved hospitals may change many times throughout the episode of care. Patients may be admitted to hospital on an involuntary basis and subsequently be changed to voluntary status; some patients are admitted as voluntary but are transferred to involuntary status during the hospital stay. Multiple changes between voluntary and involuntary status during an episode of care in hospital or treatment in the community may occur depending on the patient's clinical condition and his/her capacity to consent to treatment.

Relational attributes

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Supersedes Legal order/arrangement type code N{.N} Community Services (retired), Superseded 02/05/2006

Data elements implementing this value domain:Help on this term

Person—legal order/arrangement type, code N Community Services (retired), Standard 29/04/2006

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