Service provider organisation—support service type, code N[N]

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Data Element
Short name:Support service type
METeOR identifier:462314
Registration status:Housing assistance, Standard 01/05/2013
Community Services (retired), Standard 19/09/2013
Definition:The type of support services offered by a service provider organisation, as represented by a code.
Data Element Concept:Service provider organisation—support service type

Value domain attributes

Representational attributes

Representation class:Code
Data type:Number
Maximum character length:2
Permissible values:
1Daily living support
2Personal support
3Community living support
4Support for children, families and carers
5Training, vocational rehabilitation and employment
6Financial and material assistance
7Information, advice and referral
Supplementary values:
99Not stated/inadequately described

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:

CODE 1   Daily living support

Covers assistance that provides support for personal or social functioning in daily life. The purpose of the assistance is generally to enable recipients to live and function in their own home or normal place of residence (where this is an independent living setting). Such support includes assistance with personal tasks, e.g. showering, dressing and grooming, and domestic tasks, e.g. washing, cooking, cleaning, shopping, gardening and companionship.

CODE 2   Personal support

Covers assistance that provides support for successful functioning as an individual or as a family member, e.g. individual advocacy, needs assessment and management and counselling.

CODE 3   Community living support

Covers assistance that provides support or develops the capacity for independent living and/or social interaction within the community through the provision of opportunities for learning, developing and maintaining personal and social surviving skills. Includes living skills development, community transport, social and personal development and recreation/leisure.

CODE 4   Support for children, families and carers

Covers the provision of care, educational, developmental and recreational activities for children usually between the ages of 0 and 12 years by paid workers. Includes carer support which refers to assistance received by a carer from a substitute carer who provides supervision and assistance to their care recipient in their absence. Includes child care, respite care and parenting skills.

CODE 5   Training, vocational rehabilitation and employment

Covers assistance to support people who are disadvantaged in the labour  market by providing training, job search skills, help in finding work, placement and support in open employment or, where appropriate, supported employment. Excludes health rehabilitative activities aimed at improvement in functional capacity.

CODE 6   Financial and material assistance

Covers assistance that is designed to enhance personal functioning and to facilitate access to community services through the provision of emergency, or immediate, financial assistance and material goods. Includes financial relief, household goods, clothing, furniture and food. Excludes income support provided by Centrelink, such as pensions and benefits, and concessions through the taxation system.

CODE 7   Information, advice and referral

Covers assistance that provides information, advice and referral to support personal or social functioning and/or to facilitate access to and use of community services and resources. Includes provision of housing/tenancy, consumer and legal, financial, general service availability information, advice and referral.

CODE 88   Other

Covers any other areas of assistance able to be offered to a household or tenant.


Source and reference attributes

Reference documents:

National Classification of Community Services Version 2.0, 2003

Data element attributes

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:

Include those areas for which a service provider organisation did not directly provide the assistance, but ensured the links to appropriate support services were established and maintained. 

Collection methods:More than one support service type can be recorded.

Relational attributes

Related metadata references:

Supersedes Community housing provider—support service type, code N[N(7)] Housing assistance, Superseded 01/05/2013

Implementation in Data Set Specifications:
All attributes +

Service provider organisation support type cluster Housing assistance, Superseded 30/08/2017

DSS specific attributes +

Service provider organisation support type cluster Housing assistance, Standard 30/08/2017

DSS specific attributes +