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Address—Australian postcode, Australian postcode code (Postcode datafile) {NNNN}

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termData Element
Short name:Help on this termAustralian postcode (address)
METeOR identifier:Help on this term429894
Registration status:Help on this termHousing assistance, Standard 01/05/2013
Health, Superseded 05/10/2016
Early Childhood, Superseded 24/07/2018
Homelessness, Superseded 10/08/2018
Tasmanian Health, Final 30/06/2014
WA Health, Endorsed 04/03/2014
Independent Hospital Pricing Authority, Standard 31/10/2012
Indigenous, Archived 27/02/2018
Commonwealth Department of Health, Standard 14/10/2015
Disability, Standard 07/10/2014
Children and Families, Standard 22/11/2016
Community Services (retired), Standard 06/02/2012
National Health Performance Authority (retired), Retired 01/07/2016
Definition:Help on this term

The Australian numeric descriptor for a postal delivery area for an address.

Data Element Concept:Address—Australian postcode

Value domain attributes

Representational attributes

Classification scheme:Postcode datafile
Representation class:Help on this termCode
Data type:Help on this termNumber
Format:Help on this term{NNNN}
Maximum character length:Help on this term4

Data element attributes

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:Help on this term

Australian postal addresses should include a valid postcode. Refer to the Australia Post Address Presentation Standard for rules on presentation and positioning of postcodes on mail.

For a full list of Australian postcodes visit the Australia Post website: www.auspost.com.au

This data element may be used in the analysis of data on a geographical basis which involves coding data containing an address with a postcode to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS) areas.  The ABS provides a number of coding indexes and correspondences to undertake this conversion from postcode to ASGS areas. (See the correspondences section of ABS geography portal www.abs.gov.au/geography).

A more accurate way to convert address data to ASGS geography is to use the locality to SA2 coding index, available from ABS, where the locality, postcode and state, (which are all part of an address), used in conjunction can effectively code data to the SA2 level and above in the ASGS. Note that it is not possible to code to SA1 level using these correspondences or indexes.

This data element is one of a number of items that can be used to create a primary address, as recommended by the AS 4590-2006 Interchange of client information standard. Components of the primary address are:

  • Address site (or Primary complex) name
  • Address number or number range
  • Road name (name/type/suffix)
  • Locality
  • State/Territory
  • Postcode (optional)
  • Country (if applicable).

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this term

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Origin:Help on this term

Standards Australia 2006. AS 4590—2006 Interchange of client information. Sydney: Standards Australia.

Relational attributes

Related metadata references:Help on this term

Has been superseded by Address—Australian postcode, code (Postcode datafile) NNNN Health, Standard 05/10/2016, Early Childhood, Standard 24/07/2018, Homelessness, Standard 10/08/2018, Indigenous, Endorsed 27/02/2018, Disability, Standard 15/12/2017, Children and Families, Standardisation pending 24/02/2017, Commonwealth Department of Social Services, Standard 20/06/2018, ACT Health, Final 19/07/2018

See also Address—statistical area, level 2 (SA2) code (ASGS 2011) N(9) Health, Superseded 06/12/2016, Disability, Standard 13/08/2015, Children and Families, Standard 22/11/2016, Community Services (retired), Standard 06/12/2011

See also Address—statistical area, level 2 (SA2) code (ASGS 2016) N(9) Health, Standard 06/12/2016, Children and Families, Standardisation pending 23/02/2017, ACT Health, Final 08/08/2018

Supersedes Dwelling—Australian postcode code (Postcode datafile) {NNNN} Housing assistance, Superseded 01/05/2013

Supersedes Housing assistance agency—Australian postcode code (Postcode datafile) {NNNN} Housing assistance, Superseded 01/05/2013

Supersedes Person (address)—Australian postcode, code (Postcode datafile) {NNNN} Housing assistance, Superseded 30/05/2013, Health, Superseded 07/12/2011, Early Childhood, Superseded 09/03/2012, Homelessness, Superseded 30/05/2013, Community Services (retired), Superseded 06/02/2012

Supersedes Service provider organisation (address)—Australian postcode, code (Postcode datafile) {NNNN} Housing assistance, Superseded 01/05/2013, Health, Superseded 07/12/2011, Early Childhood, Superseded 09/03/2012, Tasmanian Health, Proposed 30/09/2011, Community Services (retired), Superseded 06/02/2012

Supersedes Workplace (address)—Australian postcode, code (Postcode datafile) {NNNN} Health, Superseded 07/12/2011

Implementation in Data Set Specifications:Help on this term
All attributes +

Activity based funding: Emergency department care DSS 2013-2014 Independent Hospital Pricing Authority, Superseded 01/03/2013

DSS specific attributes +

Address details data dictionary Disability, Standard 13/08/2015
Community Services (retired), Standard 06/02/2012

Admitted patient care NMDS 2012-13 Health, Superseded 02/05/2013

DSS specific attributes +

Admitted patient care NMDS 2013-14 Health, Superseded 11/04/2014

DSS specific attributes +

Admitted patient care NMDS 2014-15 Health, Superseded 13/11/2014

DSS specific attributes +

Admitted patient care NMDS 2015-16 Health, Superseded 10/11/2015

DSS specific attributes +

Admitted patient care NMDS 2016-17 Health, Superseded 05/10/2016

DSS specific attributes +

Alcohol and other drug treatment services NMDS 2013-15 Health, Superseded 13/11/2014

DSS specific attributes +

Alcohol and other drug treatment services NMDS 2015-18 Health, Superseded 06/09/2018

DSS specific attributes +

Cardiovascular disease (clinical) NBPDS Health, Superseded 17/10/2018

DSS specific attributes +

Collection of locality, postcode and state/territory for SEIFA cluster Health, Standard 29/08/2014
Early Childhood, Superseded 24/07/2018
Community Services (retired), Not progressed 17/01/2018

Community housing and Indigenous community housing service provider organisation address details cluster Housing assistance, Standard 01/05/2013
Indigenous, Endorsed 01/05/2013

DSS specific attributes +

Community Housing DSS 2018- Housing assistance, Standard 10/05/2019

DSS specific attributes +

Community housing dwelling address details cluster Housing assistance, Standard 01/05/2013

DSS specific attributes +

Disability Services NMDS 2012-14 Community Services (retired), Standard 13/03/2013

DSS specific attributes +

Disability Services NMDS 2014-15 Disability, Superseded 29/02/2016
Community Services (retired), Proposed 23/04/2014

DSS specific attributes +

Disability Services NMDS 2015–16 Disability, Superseded 28/09/2016

DSS specific attributes +

Disability Services NMDS 2016–17 Disability, Superseded 15/12/2017

DSS specific attributes +

Dwelling (housing assistance) cluster Housing assistance, Superseded 30/08/2017

DSS specific attributes +

Dwelling (housing assistance) cluster Housing assistance, Superseded 19/12/2017

DSS specific attributes +

Dwelling (housing assistance) cluster Housing assistance, Standard 19/12/2017

DSS specific attributes +

Early Childhood Education and Care: Aggregate NMDS 2012 Early Childhood, Superseded 08/04/2013

DSS specific attributes +

Early Childhood Education and Care: Aggregate NMDS 2013 Early Childhood, Superseded 28/05/2014

DSS specific attributes +

Early Childhood Education and Care: Aggregate NMDS 2014 Early Childhood, Superseded 01/06/2015

DSS specific attributes +

Early Childhood Education and Care: Aggregate NMDS 2015 Early Childhood, Standard 01/06/2015

DSS specific attributes +

Early Childhood Education and Care: Aggregate NMDS 2016 Early Childhood, Superseded 24/07/2018

DSS specific attributes +

Early Childhood Education and Care: Aggregate NMDS 2017 Early Childhood, Superseded 24/07/2018

DSS specific attributes +

Early Childhood Education and Care: Unit Record Level NMDS 2012 Early Childhood, Superseded 08/04/2013

DSS specific attributes +

Early Childhood Education and Care: Unit Record Level NMDS 2013 Early Childhood, Superseded 28/05/2014

DSS specific attributes +

Early Childhood Education and Care: Unit Record Level NMDS 2014 Early Childhood, Superseded 01/06/2015

DSS specific attributes +

Early Childhood Education and Care: Unit Record Level NMDS 2015 Early Childhood, Superseded 24/07/2018

DSS specific attributes +

Early Childhood Education and Care: Unit Record Level NMDS 2016 Early Childhood, Superseded 24/07/2018

DSS specific attributes +

Early Childhood Education and Care: Unit Record Level NMDS 2017 Early Childhood, Superseded 24/07/2018

DSS specific attributes +

Emergency department care activity based funding DSS 2012-2013 Independent Hospital Pricing Authority, Superseded 31/10/2012

DSS specific attributes +

Home purchase assistance DSS 2011-12 Housing assistance, Superseded 03/07/2014

DSS specific attributes +

Home purchase assistance DSS 2012-13 Housing assistance, Superseded 30/08/2017

DSS specific attributes +

Home purchase assistance DSS 2013- Housing assistance, Standard 20/08/2017

DSS specific attributes +

Indigenous Community Housing DSS 2018- Housing assistance, Standard 10/05/2019

DSS specific attributes +

Indigenous community housing dwelling address details cluster Housing assistance, Superseded 30/08/2017
Indigenous, Endorsed 01/05/2013

DSS specific attributes +

Indigenous community housing dwelling address details cluster Housing assistance, Standard 30/08/2017

DSS specific attributes +

Indigenous primary health care DSS 2015-17 Health, Superseded 25/01/2018
Indigenous, Archived 27/02/2018

DSS specific attributes +

Juvenile Justice Order file cluster Community Services (retired), Standard 14/09/2009

DSS specific attributes +

Living arrangements for children under care (LA) file cluster Children and Families, Standard 22/11/2016
Community Services (retired), Recorded 10/10/2014

DSS specific attributes +

Living arrangements for children under care (LA) file cluster Children and Families, Superseded 22/11/2016

DSS specific attributes +

Living arrangements for children under care (LA) file cluster Children and Families, Superseded 22/11/2016

DSS specific attributes +

Living arrangements for children under care (LA) file cluster Children and Families, Superseded 20/04/2018

DSS specific attributes +

Living arrangements for children under care (LA) file cluster Children and Families, Standard 20/04/2018

DSS specific attributes +

Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) state/territory data extract 2013-14 Commonwealth Department of Health, Standard 14/10/2015

DSS specific attributes +

National Bowel Cancer Screening Program NBEDS 2014-18 Health, Superseded 06/09/2018

DSS specific attributes +

Non-admitted patient emergency department care DSS 2014-15 Health, Superseded 04/02/2015

DSS specific attributes +

Non-admitted patient emergency department care DSS 2015-16 Health, Superseded 02/12/2015

DSS specific attributes +

Non-admitted patient emergency department care NBEDS 2016-17 Health, Superseded 05/10/2016

DSS specific attributes +

Non-admitted patient emergency department care NMDS 2013-14 Health, Superseded 11/04/2014

DSS specific attributes +

Non-admitted patient emergency department care NMDS 2014-15 Health, Superseded 13/11/2014

DSS specific attributes +

Non-admitted patient emergency department care NMDS 2015-16 Health, Superseded 19/11/2015

DSS specific attributes +

Non-admitted patient emergency department care NMDS 2016-17 Health, Superseded 05/10/2016

DSS specific attributes +

Notifications, investigations, and substantiations (NIS) file cluster Children and Families, Superseded 22/11/2016
Community Services (retired), Recorded 09/10/2014

DSS specific attributes +

Notifications, investigations, and substantiations (NIS) file cluster Children and Families, Superseded 22/11/2016

DSS specific attributes +

Notifications, investigations, and substantiations (NIS) file cluster Children and Families, Superseded 22/11/2016

DSS specific attributes +

Notifications, investigations, and substantiations (NIS) file cluster Children and Families, Superseded 20/04/2018

DSS specific attributes +

Notifications, investigations, and substantiations (NIS) file cluster Children and Families, Standard 20/04/2018

DSS specific attributes +

Private rent assistance DSS 2011-12 Housing assistance, Superseded 26/08/2014

DSS specific attributes +

Private rent assistance DSS 2012-13 Housing assistance, Superseded 30/08/2017

DSS specific attributes +

Private rent assistance DSS 2013- Housing assistance, Standard 30/08/2017

DSS specific attributes +

Public dental waiting times DSS 2012-13 Health, Superseded 09/11/2012

DSS specific attributes +

Public dental waiting times NMDS 2013-2018 Health, Superseded 25/01/2018

DSS specific attributes +

Public hospital establishment address details DSS Health, Superseded 04/08/2016

DSS specific attributes +

Public Housing and State Owned and Managed Indigenous housing (PH & SOMIH) DSS 2018- Housing assistance, Standard 10/05/2019

DSS specific attributes +

Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas (SEIFA) cluster 2011 Early Childhood, Superseded 28/05/2014
Disability, Standard 13/08/2015
Community Services (retired), Standard 21/02/2012

Specialist Homelessness Services NMDS 2013-14 Housing assistance, Superseded 26/08/2014
Homelessness, Superseded 26/08/2014

DSS specific attributes +

Specialist Homelessness Services NMDS 2014-15 Housing assistance, Superseded 24/11/2016
Homelessness, Superseded 24/11/2016

DSS specific attributes +

Specialist Homelessness Services NMDS 2015-17 Homelessness, Superseded 24/11/2016

DSS specific attributes +

Specialist Homelessness Services NMDS 2017-19 Homelessness, Superseded 10/08/2018

DSS specific attributes +

Surveillance of healthcare associated infection: Clostridium difficile infection DSS Health, Standardisation pending 23/07/2012

Surveillance of healthcare associated infection: Staphylococcus aureus bacteraemia NBPDS Health, Standard 15/11/2012

WA Abortion Notification System WA Health, Endorsed 04/03/2014

DSS specific attributes +

WA Health Non-Admitted Patient Activity and Wait List Data Collection (NAPAAWL DC) 2013-14 WA Health, Endorsed 19/03/2015

DSS specific attributes +

WA Health Non-Admitted Patient Activity and Wait List Data Collection (NAPAAWL DC) 2014-15 WA Health, Endorsed 24/04/2015

DSS specific attributes +

WA Health Non-Admitted Patient Activity and Wait List Data Collection (NAPAAWL DC) 2016-17 WA Health, Endorsed 30/05/2017

DSS specific attributes +
Implementation in Indicators:Help on this termUsed as numerator
National Health Performance Authority, Healthy Communities: After-hours GP attendances, 2012–13 National Health Performance Authority (retired), Retired 01/07/2016
National Health Performance Authority, Healthy Communities: After-hours GP attendances, 2013–14 National Health Performance Authority (retired), Retired 01/07/2016
National Health Performance Authority, Healthy Communities: Bulk-billed GP attendances, 2012–13 National Health Performance Authority (retired), Retired 01/07/2016
National Health Performance Authority, Healthy Communities: Bulk-billed GP attendances, 2013–14 National Health Performance Authority (retired), Retired 01/07/2016
National Health Performance Authority, Healthy Communities: Expenditure on after-hours GP attendances, 2012–13 National Health Performance Authority (retired), Retired 01/07/2016
National Health Performance Authority, Healthy Communities: Expenditure on after-hours GP attendances, 2013–14 National Health Performance Authority (retired), Retired 01/07/2016
National Health Performance Authority, Healthy Communities: Expenditure on GP attendances, 2012–13 National Health Performance Authority (retired), Retired 01/07/2016
National Health Performance Authority, Healthy Communities: Expenditure on GP attendances, 2013–14 National Health Performance Authority (retired), Retired 01/07/2016
National Health Performance Authority, Healthy Communities: Frequent GP attenders, 2012–13 National Health Performance Authority (retired), Retired 01/07/2016
National Health Performance Authority, Healthy Communities: GP attendances, 2012–13 National Health Performance Authority (retired), Retired 01/07/2016
National Health Performance Authority, Healthy Communities: GP attendances, 2013–14 National Health Performance Authority (retired), Retired 01/07/2016
National Health Performance Authority, Healthy Communities: In-hours GP attendances, 2013–14 National Health Performance Authority (retired), Retired 01/07/2016
National Health Performance Authority, Healthy Communities: Very high GP attenders, 2012–13 National Health Performance Authority (retired), Retired 01/07/2016
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