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Country code (SACC 2016) NNNN

Identifying and definitional attributes

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METeOR identifier:Help on this term659444
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Standard 06/12/2016
Homelessness, Standard 10/08/2018
Tasmanian Health, Endorsed 27/06/2017
Disability, Standard 15/12/2017
Children and Families, Standard 11/11/2018
ACT Health, Final 19/07/2018
Commonwealth Department of Social Services (retired), Standard 20/06/2018
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The Standard Australian Classification of Countries (SACC 2016) code set representing a country.

Representational attributes

Representation class:Help on this termCode
Data type:Help on this termNumber
Format:Help on this termNNNN
Maximum character length:Help on this term4

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:Help on this term

The Standard Australian Classification of Countries 2016 (SACC) is a four-digit, three-level hierarchical structure specifying major group, minor group and country.

A country, even if it comprises other discrete political entities such as states, is treated as a single unit for all data domain purposes. Parts of a political entity are not included in different groups. Thus, Hawaii is included in Northern America (as part of the identified country United States of America), despite being geographically close to and having similar social and cultural characteristics as the units classified to Polynesia.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this term

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Relational attributes

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Supersedes Country code (SACC 2011) NNNN Housing assistance, Standard 13/10/2011, Health, Superseded 06/12/2016, Homelessness, Superseded 10/08/2018, Tasmanian Health, Archived 08/03/2017, WA Health, Endorsed 19/03/2015, Independent Hospital Pricing Authority, Standard 01/11/2012, Disability, Standard 07/10/2014, Children and Families, Superseded 11/11/2018, Community Services (retired), Standard 13/10/2011

Data elements implementing this value domain:Help on this term

Address—country identifier, country code (SACC 2016) NNNN Health, Standard 06/12/2016

Individual service provider—country of institution awarding qualification, code (SACC 2016) NNNN Health, Standard 06/12/2016

Person—country of birth, code (SACC 2016) NNNN Health, Standard 06/12/2016
Homelessness, Standard 10/08/2018
Tasmanian Health, Endorsed 27/06/2017
Disability, Standard 15/12/2017
ACT Health, Final 19/07/2018
Commonwealth Department of Social Services (retired), Standard 20/06/2018

Person—country of origin, code (SACC 2016) NNNN Children and Families, Standard 12/11/2018

Person—country of residence, code (SACC 2016) NNNN Commonwealth Department of Social Services (retired), Standard 20/06/2018

Person—partner's country of birth, code (SACC 2016) NNNN Commonwealth Department of Social Services (retired), Standard 20/06/2018

Classification scheme attributes

Classification scheme:Standard Australian Classification of Countries 2016
Synonymous names:Help on this termSACC 2016
METeOR identifier:Help on this term659350
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Standard 06/12/2016
Homelessness, Standard 10/08/2018
Tasmanian Health, Endorsed 27/06/2017
Disability, Standardisation pending 31/07/2017
Children and Families, Standard 20/01/2021
ACT Health, Final 19/07/2018
Commonwealth Department of Social Services (retired), Standard 20/06/2018
Definition:Help on this term

The Standard Australian Classification of Countries (SACC) is produced by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) and provides guidelines for the consistent collection, aggregation and dissemination of statistics by country.

Classification structure:Help on this term

The SACC has a three-level hierarchical structure that consists of major groups, minor groups and countries. The major and minor groups of the classification generally represent geographically contiguous groups of countries or regions that share some social, cultural, economic or political characteristics.

Collection and usage attributes

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The ABS recommends all data be captured and stored at the most detailed level of the classification to enable more detailed and complex analysis, and facilitate comparisons with other data sets.

Countries from different minor groups should not be added together to form an aggregation that is not included in the classification framework structure as this corrupts the application of the classification criteria and has repercussions for data comparability. Similarly, minor groups from different major groups should not be added together. In instances where some countries within a minor group are presented separately while the remaining countries within the minor group are aggregated, the group of aggregated countries should be labelled 'Other', or 'Other (minor group name)'.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this term

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Origin:Help on this term

Australian Bureau of Statistics 2016. Standard Australian Classification of Countries (SACC) 2016. ABS cat. no. 1269.0. Canberra: ABS.

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SACC was previously known as the Australian Standard Classification of Countries for Social Statistics (ASCCSS).

The first edition of the SACC was published in 1998. The first edition had a number of revisions, with the final revision (R2.03) in 2007. The Second edition of SACC was first published in 2008.This edition was followed by SACC 2011 and 2016.

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