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Geographic indicator

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termGlossary Item
METeOR identifier:Help on this term722655
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Standardisation pending 26/09/2019
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A classification scheme that divides an area into mutually exclusive sub-areas based on geographic location.

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To enable the analysis of data on a geographical basis. Facilitates analysis of service provision in relation to demographic and other characteristics of the population of a geographic area.

Collection and usage attributes

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The data element Address—Australian postcode, code (Postcode datafile) NNNN is not included in the listing below, as it is, strictly speaking, not a geographic indicator.

Sometimes postcodes are used in the analysis of data on a geographical basis, which involves a conversion to Statistical Local Area or Statistical Area Level 2 (Australian Bureau of Statistics geographical structures). This conversion results in some inaccuracy of information. However, in some data sets Address—Australian postcode, code (Postcode datafile) NNNN is the only geographic identifier, therefore the use of other more accurate indicators (for example, conversion from address line to Statistical Local Area or Statistical Area Level 2) is not always possible.

Some geographic indicators are:

Source and reference attributes

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Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Relational attributes

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Supersedes Geographic indicator Housing assistance, Standard 22/10/2005, Health, Standard 01/03/2005, Early Childhood, Standard 28/05/2014, Homelessness, Standard 22/10/2005, Indigenous, Endorsed 13/03/2015, Commonwealth Department of Health, Standard 17/12/2015, Disability, Standard 07/10/2014, Children and Families, Standard 22/11/2016, Community Services (retired), Standard 01/03/2005, ACT Health, Final 08/08/2018

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