Department of Veterans' Affairs file number identifier AAXXNNNNA

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Value Domain
METeOR identifier:339130
Registration status:Health, Standard 29/11/2006
Tasmanian Health, Endorsed 02/09/2016
WA Health, Endorsed 19/03/2015
Community Services (retired), Standard 31/08/2007
Definition:A combination of alphanumeric characters that identify a Department of Veterans' Affairs customer.

Representational attributes

Representation class:Identifier
Data type:String
Format:AAXXNNNN[A]
Maximum character length:9

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:

1st character is the state code (an alphabetic character) - N, V, Q, W, S or T for the appropriate state/territory. Australian Capital Territory is included in New South Wales (N) and Northern Territory with South Australia (S).

Next 7 characters are the file number, made up of:
War code + numeric digits, where:
if War code is 1 alphabetic character, add 6 numeric characters (ANNNNNN)

Where there is no war code as is the case with World War 1 veterans, insert a blank and add 6 numeric characters ( NNNNNN)


if War code is 2 alphabetic characters, add 5 numeric characters (AANNNNN)
if War code is 3 alphabetic characters, add 4 numeric characters (AAANNNN)

The 9th character is the segment link. For dependents of veterans, the 9th character is always an alphabetic character. The alphabetic code is generated in the order by which the cards are issued. For example A, B, C, D etc.

CAUTIONARY NOTE: For veterans the 9th character is left blank

Relational attributes

Related metadata references:

Supersedes Department of Veterans' Affairs file number identifier AAXXNNNN[A] Health, Superseded 29/11/2006

Data elements implementing this value domain:

Person—government funding identifier, Department of Veterans' Affairs file number AAXXNNNNA Health, Standard 29/11/2006
Tasmanian Health, Endorsed 02/09/2016
WA Health, Endorsed 19/03/2015
Community Services (retired), Standard 31/08/2007