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Address—Australian postcode, Australian postcode code (Postcode datafile - Tasmanian variation) {NNNN}

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termData Element
Short name:Help on this termAustralian postcode (address)
Synonymous names:Help on this termPostcode
METeOR identifier:Help on this term651535
Registration status:Help on this termTasmanian Health, Endorsed 01/09/2016
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 termNumber
Format:Help on this term{NNNN}
Maximum character length:Help on this term4
Supplementary values:Help on this term
ValueMeaning
0000Unknown
9500Overseas

Collection and usage attributes

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Code 0000 should be used when address in unknown but investigations should occur to determine the correct postcode and address as soon as possible.

Code  9500 should be used for overseas addresses.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this term

Department of Health and Human Services Tasmania - PPP - MRA - HIU

Data element attributes

Collection and usage attributes

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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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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

Supersedes Dwelling—Australian postcode code (Postcode datafile) {NNNN} Housing assistance, Superseded 01/05/2013

Supersedes Housing assistance agency—Australian postcode code (Postcode datafile) {NNNN} Housing assistance, Superseded 01/05/2013

Supersedes Person (address)—Australian postcode, code (Postcode datafile) {NNNN} Housing assistance, Superseded 30/05/2013, Health, Superseded 07/12/2011, Early Childhood, Superseded 09/03/2012, Homelessness, Superseded 30/05/2013, Community Services (retired), Superseded 06/02/2012

Supersedes Service provider organisation (address)—Australian postcode, code (Postcode datafile) {NNNN} Housing assistance, Superseded 01/05/2013, Health, Superseded 07/12/2011, Early Childhood, Superseded 09/03/2012, Tasmanian Health, Proposed 30/09/2011, Community Services (retired), Superseded 06/02/2012

Supersedes Workplace (address)—Australian postcode, code (Postcode datafile) {NNNN} Health, Superseded 07/12/2011

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

Tasmanian Demographics Data Set - 2016 Tasmanian Health, Archived 05/07/2017

DSS specific attributes +

Tasmanian Demographics Data Set - 2017 Tasmanian Health, Archived 10/01/2018

DSS specific attributes +

Tasmanian Demographics Data Set - 2018 Tasmanian Health, Archived 05/04/2019

DSS specific attributes +

Tasmanian Demographics Data Set - 2019 Tasmanian Health, Endorsed 05/04/2019

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