Pharmacy—Australian state/territory identifier, ACT-prioritised code AA[A]

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Data Element
Short name:Australian state/territory identifier (pharmacy) (ACT-prioritised)
METeOR identifier:601054
Registration status:Commonwealth Department of Health, Standard 17/12/2015
Definition:An identifier of the Australian state or territory in which the pharmacy is located, as represented by a code.
Data Element Concept:Pharmacy—Australian state/territory identifier

Value domain attributes

Representational attributes

Representation class:Code
Data type:String
Format:AA[A]
Maximum character length:3
Permissible values:
ValueMeaning
ACTAustralian Capital Territory
NSWNew South Wales
VICVictoria
QLDQueensland
SASouth Australia
WAWestern Australia
TASTasmania
NTNorthern Territory
Supplementary values:
UNKUnknown

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.

Data element attributes

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Department of Health

Relational attributes

Related metadata references:

See also Establishment—Australian state/territory identifier, code N Health, Superseded 18/12/2019, Commonwealth Department of Health, Candidate 16/07/2015, ACT Health, Final 09/08/2018

See also Establishment—Australian state/territory identifier, code N Health, Standard 18/12/2019

Implementation in Data Set Specifications:

Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) state/territory data extract 2013-14 Commonwealth Department of Health, Standard 17/12/2015

DSS specific attributes +