Child protection notification—assessment decision date, DDMMYYYY

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Data Element
Short name:Assessment decision date
METeOR identifier:331081
Registration status:Community Services (retired), Standard 30/04/2008 [Non Dictionary]
Definition:The date a decision regarding the outcome of an assessment of the level of involvement of the community services department was made.
Data Element Concept:Child protection notification—assessment decision date

Value domain attributes

Representational attributes

Representation class:Date
Data type:Date/Time
Maximum character length:8

Data element attributes

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:

This item should be recorded as the date a decision was made regarding the service response required by the department.

This data element should always be recorded as an 8-digit valid date comprising day, month and year. Year should always be recorded in its full 4-digit format. For day and months with a numeric value of less than 10, zeros should be used to ensure that the date contains the required 8 digits. For example, if the contact assessment decision was made on 1 July 2004, the date should be recorded as 01072004.

If the date is unknown, the date 01011900 should be provided.

Comments:This is important to measure the length of time between when the decision regarding the level of involvement of the department was made and the commencement of the investigation. It is also used to measure the length of time of the investigation and also the time elapsed from contact to the contact assessment decision.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:

National Child Protection and Support Services data group (NCPASS).


Child protection and support services data dictionary. AIHW Version 1.0 Oct 2005.

Relational attributes

Related metadata references:

Has been superseded by Child protection notification—course of action decision date, DDMMYYYY Children and Families, Standard 22/11/2016, Community Services (retired), Recorded 19/08/2011

Implementation in Data Set Specifications:

Child protection and support services (CPSS) - notifications, investigations, and substantiations NMDS (July 2007) Community Services (retired), Superseded 01/05/2008

Child protection and support services (CPSS) - notifications, investigations, and substantiations NMDS pilot (2008) Community Services (retired), Retired 06/02/2012