Collection of locality, postcode and state/territory for SEIFA cluster

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Data Set Specification
METeOR identifier:686704
Registration status:Early Childhood, Standard 24/07/2018
DSS type:Data Element Cluster

This cluster contains three data elements which, if collected together, enable data to be mapped to Statistical Areal Level 2 (SA2) or Statistical Local Area (SLA) geographic unit which can be examined on the SEIFA indexes to ascertain a SEIFA score for a geographic area which is a measure of the collective socio-economic status of the people living in the area.

The collection of information about a person's or service provider organisation's locality, postcode and state/territory enables the geographical entity to be ascertained which can then be examined in the relevant SEIFA index. Where locality, postcode and state/territory are collected, there are a number of concordance/correspondence files available from which can assist in assigning geographic area codes, such as:

  • 2011 localities (and postcode and state/territory) to 2011 SA2
  • 2011 localities (and postcode and state/territory) to 2011 SLAs.

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:

The collection of residential postcode + locality + state/territory can be mapped to SA2 or SLA. The SLA geographical unit from the ASGC geography framework is being supported for the 2011 Census and 2011 SEIFA.


SEIFA indexes are assigned to areas, not to individuals.

Relational attributes

Related metadata references:

Supersedes Collection of locality, postcode and state/territory for SEIFA cluster Health, Standard 29/08/2014, Early Childhood, Superseded 24/07/2018, Community Services (retired), Not progressed 17/01/2018

Implementation in Data Set Specifications:

Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas (SEIFA) (2011 Census, ASGS 2016) cluster Early Childhood, Superseded 24/07/2018

Metadata items in this Data Set Specification

Seq No.Metadata item Obligation Max occurs
-Address—Australian postcode, code (Postcode datafile) NNNNMandatory1
-Address—Australian state/territory identifier, code AA[A]Mandatory1
-Address—suburb/town/locality name, text X[X(45)]Mandatory1