Service provider organisation—Australian state/territory identifier, code N

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Data Element
Short name:Australian state/territory identifier (service provider organisation)
METeOR identifier:720076
Registration status:Health, Standard 16/01/2020
Indigenous, Endorsed 14/07/2021

An identifier of the Australian state or territory where an organisation or agency can be located, as represented by a code.

Data Element Concept:Service provider organisation—Australian state/territory identifier

Value domain attributes

Representational attributes

Representation class:Code
Data type:Number
Maximum character length:1
Permissible values:
1New South Wales
4South Australia
5Western Australia
7Northern Territory
8Australian Capital Territory
9Other territories (Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Christmas Island and Jervis Bay Territory)

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:

The order presented here is the standard for the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). Other organisations (including the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare) publish data in state order based on population (that is, Western Australia before South Australia and Australian Capital Territory before Northern Territory).

Source and reference attributes

Reference documents:

ABS (Australian Bureau of Statistics) 2016. Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS). Cat No. 1270.0. ABS, Canberra. Viewed 19 July 2019,

Data element attributes

Collection and usage attributes

Collection methods:

Irrespective of how the information is coded, conversion of the codes to the ABS standard must be possible.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare


Health Data Standard Committee

National Community Services Data Committee


Reference documents:

Standards Australia 2014. Person and provider identification in healthcare AS4846:2014 . Standards Australia, Sydney. Viewed 19 July 2019,

In AS4846 alternative codes are presented. Refer to the current standard for more details.

Relational attributes

Related metadata references:

Supersedes Service provider organisation—Australian state/territory identifier, code N Housing assistance, Standard 01/05/2013, Health, Superseded 16/01/2020, Early Childhood, Standard 21/05/2010, Tasmanian Health, Draft 23/07/2012, Indigenous, Archived 14/07/2021, Community Services (retired), Standard 07/12/2005

Implementation in Data Set Specifications:
All attributes +

Indigenous primary health care NBEDS 2020–21 Health, Retired 13/10/2021

DSS specific attributes +

Indigenous-specific primary health care NBEDS December 2020 Indigenous, Endorsed 14/07/2021

DSS specific attributes +