Emergency service care NBEDS 2020-21

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Data Set Specification
METeOR identifier:715348
Registration status:Health, Superseded 05/02/2021
DSS type:Data Set Specification (DSS)

The scope of the Emergency service care national best endeavours data set (ESC NBEDS) is emergency services provided in activity based funded hospitals which do not meet all of the following criteria:

  • purposely designated and equipped area with designated assessment, treatment and resuscitation areas
  • ability to provide resuscitation, stabilisation and initial management of all emergencies
  • availability of medical staff available in the hospital 24 hours a day
  • designated emergency department nursing staff 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and a designated emergency department nursing unit manager.

The care provided to patients in emergency services is, in most instances, recognised as being provided to non-admitted patients. Patients being treated in emergency services may subsequently become admitted. All patients remain in-scope for this collection until they are recorded as having physically departed the emergency service, regardless of whether they have been admitted. For this reason there is an overlap in the scope of this data set specification and the Admitted patient care national minimum data set (APC NMDS).

The scope also includes services where patients did not wait to be attended by a health-care professional; those dead on arrival; mental health-care provided in emergency services and patients with a Department of Veterans' Affairs or compensable funding source. The scope excludes care provided to patients in General Practitioner (GP) co-located units. However, patient presentations that result in a referral to a GP co-located unit after registration, but before commencement of clinical care, are in scope.

Collection and usage attributes

Statistical unit:

Emergency service stay

Collection methods:

National reporting arrangements;

State and territory health authorities provide the data to the Independent Hospital Pricing Authority (IHPA) for national collection, on a six-monthly basis as required under national health reform arrangements.

Periods for which data are collected and nationally collated

Financial years ending 30 June each year;

Six-monthly data collection commencing 1 July each year.

Implementation start date:01/07/2020
Implementation end date:30/06/2021

Scope links with other metadata sets

Episodes of care for admitted patients are reported through the APC NMDS.

Glossary items

Glossary terms that are relevant to this NBEDS include:

Activity based funding


Compensable patient

Emergency service

Registered nurse


Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:

Independent Hospital Pricing Authority

Relational attributes

Related metadata references:

Supersedes Activity based funding: Emergency service care NBEDS 2019-20 Health, Superseded 18/12/2019

Has been superseded by Emergency service care NBEDS 2021-22 Health, Superseded 20/10/2021

See also Non-admitted patient emergency department care NMDS 2020–21 Health, Superseded 05/02/2021

Metadata items in this Data Set Specification

Seq No.Metadata item Obligation Max occurs
-Emergency service stay—episode end status, code NMandatory1
-Emergency service stay—triage category, code NMandatory1
-Emergency service stay—type of visit to emergency service, code NMandatory1
-Episode of care—Department of Veterans' Affairs funding indicator, yes/no code NMandatory1
-Establishment—organisation identifier (Australian), NNX[X]NNNNNMandatory1
-Patient—compensable status, code NMandatory1