Address geocode cluster

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Data Set Specification
METeOR identifier:611155
Registration status:Health, Standard 05/10/2016
DSS type:Data Element Cluster

The Address geocode cluster defines the data elements used to collect the geocode components of an address, which is defined as a collection of information used for describing the location of an entity, and/or details describing how the entity can be contacted.

Address geocoding identifies the precise geographical location of an address using a global positioning system (GPS), which is a system of satellites, computers, and receivers that is able to determine the latitude and longitude of a receiver on the earth.

Address geocoding can be used to derive aggregated address data such as that needed to define providers within a specific Medicare Local, or indicate whether an individual is in a defined remote area. The latitude and longitude are the minimum required elements if geocode is being collected.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.


Standards Australia 2006. AS 45902006 Interchange of client information. Sydney: Standards Australia.

Reference documents:

Standards Australia 2014. AS 4846:2014 Person and provider identification in healthcare. Sydney: Standards Australia.


Relational attributes

Implementation in Data Set Specifications:

Address group cluster Health, Standard 05/10/2016

Metadata items in this Data Set Specification

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Seq No.Metadata item Obligation Max occurs
1Address—geocode feature, text X[X(29)]Optional1
2Address—geocode containment indicator, yes/no code NOptional1
3Address—geocode geographic datum, text X[X(9)]Optional1
4Address—geocode positional uncertainty, total metres N[NNN].NNNOptional1
5Address—geocode vertical datum, text X[X(9)]Optional1
6Address—geocode latitude, decimal degrees XN[N][.N(9)]Optional1
7Address—geocode longitude, decimal degrees XN[NN][.N(9)]Optional1
8Address—geocode height, total metres N[NNNN].NNNOptional1