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Identifier—identifier designation, text X[X(19)]

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termData Element
Short name:Help on this termIdentifier designation
Synonymous names:Help on this termIdentifier value; Party identifier
METeOR identifier:Help on this term466235
Registration status:Help on this termDisability, Standard 13/08/2015
Community Services (retired), Standard 06/02/2012
Definition:Help on this termAn alphanumeric identifier, assigned by an organisation, establishment or agency, used to uniquely identify an entity, as represented by text.
Data Element Concept:Identifier—identifier designation

Value domain attributes

Representational attributes

Representation class:Help on this termText
Data type:Help on this termString
Format:Help on this termX[X(19)]
Maximum character length:Help on this term20

Data element attributes

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:Help on this term

Any interchange of identifier designations shall be performed in accordance with privacy guidelines and legislation defined in the Interchange of Client Information, Appendix G , Privacy principles:

"The Privacy Act 1988 (Commonwealth) is the principal piece of legislation providing protection of personal information in the federal public sector and in the private sector. The Privacy Act provides eleven Information Privacy Principles (IPPs) for the federal public sector and ten National Privacy Principles (NPPs) for private sector organisations. ‘Organisation’ is defined broadly to include a body corporate, an unincorporated association, a partnership, a trust or an individual."

The possible values are not standardised or codified, as the data is dependent on the issuer and type of identifier.


  • A business's Australian business number (ABN): 85 087 326 690
  • An individual's Medicare card number (MCN): 2345 56789 8

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this termAustralian Institute of Health and Welfare
Origin:Help on this termStandards Australia 2006. AS 4590—2006 Interchange of client information. Sydney: Standards Australia.

Relational attributes

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Has been superseded by Identifier—identifier designation, text X[X(19)] Health, Standard 05/10/2016

Implementation in Data Set Specifications:Help on this term

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

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