Main job of registered psychologist cluster

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Data Set Specification
METeOR identifier:384009
Registration status:Health, Standard 10/12/2009
DSS type:Data Element Cluster

The main job of registered psychologists who were employed in the profession during the reference week.

The main job is defined as the post or position, funded by an organisation, in which the health professional worked the most hours during the reference week in Australia. The health professional may be an employee or they may be self-employed with the organisation.

Collection and usage attributes

Statistical unit:

The statistical unit for this data set is the Registered psychologist.

A Registered psychologist refers to a person who is currently registered, or who has been registered, with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency as a psychologist at any time during the reference period.

Guide for use:

Data elements in this cluster assist in describing the type and distribution of services of registered psychologists in their main job. This cluster forms part of the Registered psychology labour force DSS, along with Second job of registered psychologist cluster, Work setting hours cluster, and a range of other data elements.

Data elements in this cluster are collected from all psychologists employed in the profession. Data elements in the Second job of registered psychologist cluster are collected only from those health professionals employed in more than one job in the profession. All other workforce data elements in the Registered psychology labour force DSS are collected from all health professionals registered in the profession and relate to all jobs held in the profession.

Registered health professionals on leave at the time of registration are asked to report based on the job that is usually their main job.

The main job:

  • includes time spent travelling to home visits or calls out;
  • excludes other time travelling between work locations; and 
  • excludes unpaid professional and/or voluntary activities.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Relational attributes

Related metadata references:

See also Second job of registered psychologist cluster Health, Standard 10/12/2009

Implementation in Data Set Specifications:

Registered psychology labour force DSS Health, Standard 10/12/2009

Metadata items in this Data Set Specification

Seq No.Metadata item Obligation Max occurs
-Registered health professional—hours worked in health profession, total hours NNNOptional1
-Registered health professional—principal area of practice, psychology code NNConditional0
-Registered health professional—principal role, health profession code NOptional1
-Registered health professional—work sector in health profession, code NOptional1
-Registered health professional—work setting, psychologist code ANNOptional1
-Workplace (address)—Australian postcode, code (Postcode datafile) {NNNN}Mandatory1
-Workplace (address)—suburb/town/locality name, text A[A(49)]Mandatory1