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Address—Australian postcode, code (Postcode datafile) NNNN

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termData Element
Short name:Help on this termAustralian postcode
METeOR identifier:Help on this term611398
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Standard 05/10/2016
Early Childhood, Standard 24/07/2018
Homelessness, Standard 10/08/2018
Indigenous, Endorsed 27/02/2018
Disability, Standard 15/12/2017
Children and Families, Standardisation pending 24/02/2017
Commonwealth Department of Social Services, Standard 20/06/2018
ACT Health, Final 19/07/2018
Definition:Help on this term

The Australian numeric descriptor for a postal delivery area for an address.

Data Element Concept:Address—Australian postcode

Value domain attributes

Representational attributes

Classification scheme:Postcode datafile
Representation class:Help on this termCode
Data type:Help on this termString
Format:Help on this termNNNN
Maximum character length:Help on this term4
Supplementary values:Help on this term
ValueMeaning
0097Not applicable
0098Unknown
0099Not stated/inadequately described

Collection and usage attributes

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CODE 0097   Not applicable

This code should be used in circumstances where it is not applicable to record an Australian postcode, for example, when there is no fixed address, or when an international (non-Australian) postcode is supplied.

Data element attributes

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:Help on this term

Australian postal addresses should include a valid postcode. Refer to the Australia Post Address Presentation Standard for rules on presentation and positioning of postcodes on mail.

For a full list of Australian postcodes visit the Australia Post website: www.auspost.com.au

This data element may be used in the analysis of data on a geographical basis which involves coding data containing an address with a postcode to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS) areas.  The ABS provides a number of coding indexes and correspondences to undertake this conversion from postcode to ASGS areas. (See the correspondences section of ABS geography portal www.abs.gov.au/geography).

A more accurate way to convert address data to ASGS geography is to use the locality to SA2 coding index, available from ABS, where the locality, postcode and state, (which are all part of an address), used in conjunction can effectively code data to the SA2 level and above in the ASGS. Note that it is not possible to code to SA1 level using these correspondences or indexes.

This data element is one of a number of items that can be used to create a primary address, as recommended by the AS 4590-2006 Interchange of client information standard. Components of the primary address are:

  • Address site (or Primary complex) name
  • Address number or number range
  • Road name (name/type/suffix)
  • Locality
  • State/Territory
  • Postcode (optional)
  • Country (if applicable).

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this term

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Origin:Help on this term

Standards Australia 2006. AS 4590—2006 Interchange of client information. Sydney: Standards Australia.

Relational attributes

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Supersedes Address—Australian postcode, Australian postcode code (Postcode datafile) {NNNN} Housing assistance, Standard 01/05/2013, Health, Superseded 05/10/2016, Early Childhood, Superseded 24/07/2018, Homelessness, Superseded 10/08/2018, Tasmanian Health, Final 30/06/2014, WA Health, Endorsed 04/03/2014, Independent Hospital Pricing Authority, Standard 31/10/2012, Indigenous, Archived 27/02/2018, Commonwealth Department of Health, Standard 14/10/2015, Disability, Standard 07/10/2014, Children and Families, Standard 22/11/2016, Community Services (retired), Standard 06/02/2012, National Health Performance Authority (retired), Retired 01/07/2016

See also Address—statistical area, level 2 (SA2) code (ASGS 2011) N(9) Health, Superseded 06/12/2016, Disability, Standard 13/08/2015, Children and Families, Standard 22/11/2016, Community Services (retired), Standard 06/12/2011

See also Address—statistical area, level 2 (SA2) code (ASGS 2016) N(9) Health, Standard 06/12/2016, Children and Families, Standardisation pending 23/02/2017, ACT Health, Final 08/08/2018

Implementation in Data Set Specifications:Help on this term
All attributes +

Address components cluster Health, Standard 05/10/2016

Address details cluster Health, Standard 04/08/2016
ACT Health, Final 10/08/2018

DSS specific attributes +

Admitted patient care NMDS 2017-18 Health, Superseded 25/01/2018

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Admitted patient care NMDS 2018-19 Health, Superseded 12/12/2018
ACT Health, Final 09/08/2018

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Admitted patient care NMDS 2019-20 Health, Standard 12/12/2018

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Alcohol and other drug treatment services NMDS 2018-19 Health, Superseded 12/12/2018
ACT Health, Final 09/08/2018

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Alcohol and other drug treatment services NMDS 2019–20 Health, Standard 12/12/2018

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Allied health admitted patient care NBPDS Health, Standard 12/12/2018

Allied health non-admitted patient emergency department NBPDS Health, Standard 12/12/2018

Allied health non-admitted patient NBPDS Health, Standard 12/12/2018

Cardiovascular disease (clinical) NBPDS Health, Standard 17/10/2018

DSS specific attributes +

Collection of locality, postcode and state/territory for SEIFA cluster Early Childhood, Standard 24/07/2018

Disability Services NMDS 2017–18 Disability, Standard 15/12/2017

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Disability Services NMDS 2018–19 Disability, Candidate 04/06/2019

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Early Childhood Education and Care: Aggregate NMDS 2018– Early Childhood, Standard 24/07/2018

DSS specific attributes +

Early Childhood Education and Care: Unit Record Level NMDS 2018– Early Childhood, Standard 24/07/2018

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Indigenous primary health care NBEDS 2017–18 Health, Superseded 06/09/2018
Indigenous, Archived 22/10/2018

DSS specific attributes +

Indigenous primary health care NBEDS 2018–19 Health, Superseded 12/12/2018
Indigenous, Archived 02/04/2019

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Indigenous primary health care NBEDS 2019–20 Health, Standard 12/12/2018
Indigenous, Endorsed 02/04/2019

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Location Cluster Commonwealth Department of Social Services, Standard 20/06/2018

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National Bowel Cancer Screening Program NBEDS 2018–19 Health, Superseded 12/12/2018

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National Bowel Cancer Screening Program NBEDS 2019–20 Health, Standard 12/12/2018

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Non-admitted patient emergency department care NBEDS 2017-18 Health, Superseded 12/12/2018

DSS specific attributes +

Non-admitted patient emergency department care NBEDS 2018-19 Health, Superseded 12/12/2018

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Non-admitted patient emergency department care NBEDS 2019–20 Health, Standard 12/12/2018

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Non-admitted patient emergency department care NMDS 2017-18 Health, Superseded 25/01/2018

DSS specific attributes +

Non-admitted patient emergency department care NMDS 2018-19 Health, Superseded 12/12/2018
ACT Health, Final 08/08/2018

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Non-admitted patient emergency department care NMDS 2019–20 Health, Standard 12/12/2018

DSS specific attributes +

Provider place of practice cluster Health, Standard 05/10/2016

DSS specific attributes +

Public dental waiting times NMDS 2018- Health, Standard 25/01/2018
ACT Health, Final 08/08/2018

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Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas (SEIFA) (2016 Census, ASGS 2016) cluster Health, Standard 06/09/2018
Early Childhood, Standard 24/07/2018

Specialist Homelessness Services NMDS 2019- Homelessness, Standard 10/08/2018

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