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Person—area of usual residence, statistical area level 2 (SA2) code (ASGS 2016) N(9)

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termData Element
Short name:Help on this termArea of usual residence (SA2)
METeOR identifier:Help on this term659725
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Standard 06/12/2016
Early Childhood, Standard 24/07/2018
Tasmanian Health, Endorsed 27/06/2017
ACT Health, Final 08/08/2018
Definition:Help on this term

The geographical region in which a person or group of people usually reside, as represented by a Statistical area level 2 (SA2) code.

Data Element Concept:Person—area of usual residence

Value domain attributes

Representational attributes

Classification scheme:Australian Statistical Geography Standard 2016
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Data type:Help on this termString
Format:Help on this termN(9)
Maximum character length:Help on this term9

Collection and usage attributes

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SA2 coding structure:

An SA2 is identifiable by a 9-digit fully hierarchical code. The SA2 identifier is a 4-digit code, assigned in alphabetical order within a Statistical area level 3 (SA3). An SA2 code is only unique within a state/territory if it is preceded by the state/territory identifier.

For example:

State/territory SA4 SA3 SA2
N NN NN NNNN
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There are 2,310 SA2 regions covering the whole of Australia without gaps or overlaps. These include 18 non-spatial SA2 special purpose codes, comprising Migratory–Offshore–Shipping and No Usual Address codes for each State and Territory.

The Other Territories of Jervis Bay, Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Christmas Island and Norfolk Island are each represented by a SA2 in the 2016 Australian Statistical Geography Standard.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this term

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

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Australian Bureau of Statistics 2016. Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS): Volume 1 - Main Structure and Greater Capital City Statistical Areas July 2016. ABS cat. no. 1270.0.55.001. Canberra: ABS.

Data element attributes

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:Help on this term

The geographical location is reported using an eleven digit numerical code to indicate the SA2 region within the reporting state or territory, as defined in the Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS).

Collection methods:Help on this term

When collecting the geographical location of a person's usual place of residence, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) recommends that 'usual' be defined as: 'The place where the person has or intends to live for 6 months or more, or the place that the person regards as their main residence, or where the person has no other residence, the place they currently reside.' Apart from collecting a person's usual place of residence there is also a need in some collections to collect area of residence immediately prior to or after assistance is provided, or at some other point in time.

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Geographical location is reported using SA2 to enable accurate aggregation of information to larger areas within the ASGS as well as detailed analysis at the SA2 level. The use of SA2 also allows analysis relating the data to information compiled by the ABS on the demographic and other characteristics of the population of each SA2. Analyses facilitated by the inclusion of SA2 information include:

  • comparison of the use of services by persons residing in different geographical areas;
  • characterisation of catchment areas and populations for establishments for planning purposes; and
  • documentation of the provision of services to residents of states or territories other than the state or territory of the provider.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this term

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Reference documents:Help on this term

Australian Bureau of Statistics 2016. Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS): Volume 1 - Main Structure and Greater Capital City Statistical Areas July 2016. ABS cat. no. 1270.0.55.001. Canberra: ABS.

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Supersedes Person—area of usual residence, statistical area level 2 (SA2) code (ASGS 2011) N(9) Health, Superseded 06/12/2016, Early Childhood, Superseded 24/07/2018, Tasmanian Health, Archived 27/06/2017, WA Health, Endorsed 19/03/2015, Independent Hospital Pricing Authority, Standard 01/11/2012, Disability, Standard 13/08/2015, Community Services (retired), Standard 10/04/2013

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Activity based funding: Mental health care NBEDS 2018-19 Health, Superseded 12/12/2018

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Activity based funding: Mental health care NBEDS 2019-20 Health, Standard 12/12/2018

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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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Admitted patient care NMDS 2020–21 Health, Standardisation pending 01/10/2019

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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

Community mental health care NMDS 2017–18 Health, Superseded 25/01/2018

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Community mental health care NMDS 2018–19 Health, Superseded 12/12/2018
ACT Health, Final 09/08/2018

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Community mental health care NMDS 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

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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

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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

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Non-admitted patient emergency department care NMDS 2020–21 Health, Standardisation pending 30/09/2019

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Non-admitted patient NBEDS 2017-18 Health, Superseded 25/01/2018

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

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Non-admitted patient NBEDS 2019-20 Health, Standard 12/12/2018
Independent Hospital Pricing Authority, Standard 01/07/2019

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Non-admitted patient NBEDS 2020–21 Health, Standardisation pending 30/09/2019

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Perinatal NMDS 2014-18 Health, Superseded 02/08/2017

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Perinatal NMDS 2018-19 Health, Superseded 12/12/2018
ACT Health, Final 14/08/2018

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Perinatal NMDS 2019–20 Health, Standard 12/12/2018

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Perinatal NMDS 2020–21 Health, Standardisation pending 17/09/2019

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Public dental waiting times NMDS 2013-2018 Health, Superseded 25/01/2018

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

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Radiotherapy waiting times NMDS 2015-2018 Health, Superseded 25/01/2018

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

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Residential mental health care NMDS 2017–18 Health, Superseded 25/01/2018

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Residential mental health care NMDS 2018–19 Health, Superseded 12/12/2018
ACT Health, Final 09/08/2018

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Residential mental health care NMDS 2019–20 Health, Standard 12/12/2018

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Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas (SEIFA) (2011 Census, ASGS 2016) cluster Early Childhood, Superseded 24/07/2018

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

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

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

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

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