ACT-prioritised Australian state/territory code N

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Value Domain
METeOR identifier:601033
Registration status:Commonwealth Department of Health, Standard 14/10/2015
Definition:A code set representing Australian states and territories, with the ACT prioritised to the top of the set of permissible values.

Representational attributes

Representation class:Code
Data type:String
Maximum character length:1
Permissible values:
1Australian Capital Territory
2New South Wales
5South Australia
6Western Australia
8Northern Territory
Supplementary values:

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:

Care should be taken when using this value domain as it presents the Australian states/territories in an order different to those most commonly used by agencies such as the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) and the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).

The state/territory order presented in this value domain is known to be used in the underlying information systems of the Medicare Benefits Scheme (MBS) and the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS), and possibly reflects the historical data management practices of some Canberra-based Commonwealth government agencies, whereby Canberra (and by extension, the ACT) was considered to represent something like 'Central office' or 'Head office'.

Agencies such as the ABS and AIHW publish data in state/territory order based on population.

The ABS-preferred order (NSW, Vic., Qld, SA, WA, Tas., NT and ACT) reflects historic relative state/territory populations and has been retained by the ABS to preserve continuity of presentation and minimise the risk of error in the handling or interpreting of data.

The AIHW-preferred order reflects more recent trends in the relative populations of the states/territories, i.e. as above, but with WA before SA and ACT before NT.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Department of Health
Reference documents:

Australian Bureau of Statistics. Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS): Volume 1 - Main Structure and Greater Capital City Statistical Areas, July 2011. ABS cat. no. 1270.0.55.001. Canberra: ABS.

Relational attributes

Related metadata references:

See also Australian state/territory code N Housing assistance, Standard 03/08/2005, Health, Superseded 20/11/2019, Early Childhood, Standard 21/05/2010, Homelessness, Standard 01/05/2013, Tasmanian Health, Draft 23/07/2012, Indigenous, Archived 14/07/2021, Commonwealth Department of Health, Candidate 16/07/2015, Children and Families, Standard 22/11/2016, Community Services (retired), Standard 03/08/2005, ACT Health, Final 09/08/2018

See also Australian state/territory code N Health, Standard 20/11/2019, Indigenous, Endorsed 14/07/2021, Children and Families, Standardisation pending 27/09/2021

Data elements implementing this value domain:

Person—Australian state/territory identifier, ACT-prioritised code N Commonwealth Department of Health, Standard 14/10/2015

Service/care provider—Australian state/territory identifier, ACT-prioritised Australian state/territory code N Commonwealth Department of Health, Standard 14/10/2015