Recipient—blindness start date, MMYYYY

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Data Element
Short name:Blindness start date
METeOR identifier:647626
Registration status:Commonwealth Department of Social Services (retired), Standard 20/06/2018

The date upon which a recipient's blindness was diagnosed by an ophthalmologist, expressed as MMYYYY.

Data Element Concept:Recipient—blindness start date

Value domain attributes

Representational attributes

Representation class:Date
Data type:Date/Time
Maximum character length:6

Data element attributes

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:

This data element should be used in conjunction with the data element: Recipient—blindness indicator, code A

When determining permanent blindness for the purposes of the Age Pension or Disability Support Pension, the following guidelines are applied:

  • corrected visual acuity on the Snellen Scale must be less than 6/60 in both eyes, or
  • constriction to within 10 degrees or less of arc of central fixation in the better eye, irrespective of corrected visual acuity, or
  • a combination of visual defects resulting in the same degree of visual impairment as that occurring in the above points.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:

Australian Government Department of Social Services

Relational attributes

Related metadata references:

See also Recipient—blindness indicator, code A Commonwealth Department of Social Services (retired), Standard 20/06/2018

Implementation in Data Set Specifications:

Disability Cluster Commonwealth Department of Social Services (retired), Standard 20/06/2018

DSS specific attributes +