Service provider organisation—organisation identifier, X(15)

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Data Element
Short name:Organisation identifier (early childhood education and care)
METeOR identifier:557881
Registration status:Early Childhood, Standard 28/05/2014
Definition:A unique identifier assigned to each service which delivers child care services or early childhood education programs to children.

Data element concept attributes

Identifying and definitional attributes

Data element concept:Service provider organisation—organisation identifier
Synonymous names:Agency identifier
METeOR identifier:269787
Registration status:Housing assistance, Standard 23/08/2010
Early Childhood, Standard 21/05/2010
Homelessness, Standard 23/08/2010
Disability, Standard 07/10/2014
Community Services (retired), Standard 01/03/2005
Definition:The unique identifier for the establishment, which provides care or services.
Object class:Service provider organisation
Property:Organisation identifier

Collection and usage attributes


Desirable components of a unique agency identifier include Australian State/Territory identifier, Establishment sector, and Agency number.

Currently, there is no uniform method throughout community services for the identification of agencies. However, adoption of consistent practices for allocating unique agency identifiers has the potential to enhance data comparability and utility.

It is important to note that if agencies are to communicate confidentially between one another, a unique agency identity needs to be established. The use of this metadata item will lead to reduced duplication in reporting client activity and will enable linkage of services to one episode of care or service event.

Value domain attributes

Identifying and definitional attributes

Value domain:Identifier X(15)
METeOR identifier:336268
Registration status:Health, Proposed 18/11/2011
Early Childhood, Standard 21/05/2010
Community Services (retired), Standard 15/09/2007
Definition:A logical combination of alphanumeric characters that identify an entity.

Representational attributes

Representation class:Identifier
Data type:String
Maximum character length:15

Data element attributes

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:

The service identifier includes components that identify main service type, state/territory and a number for each service.

Each service included in the Early Childhood and Education data collection should have a unique identifier at the national level.

All individual caregivers working for family day care/in-home care services are provided with the same service identifier as the service in which they work.


The number may be used to identify particular records that require some follow-up contact with services to resolve any queries on the data reported.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Early Childhood Data Sub Group (ECDSG)
Steward:Early Childhood Data Sub Group (ECDSG)

Relational attributes

Related metadata references:

Supersedes Service provider organisation—organisation identifier, X(15) Early Childhood, Superseded 28/05/2014, Community Services (retired), Standard 21/05/2010

Implementation in Data Set Specifications:
All attributes +

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

DSS specific attributes +

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

DSS specific attributes +