Person—Australian state/territory identifier

Metadata item type:Data Element Concept
METeOR identifier:722975
Registration status:Health, Standard 17/01/2020

The Australian state or territory where a person can be located.

Object Class attributes

Identifying and definitional attributes

Object class:Person

A human being.

Collection and usage attributes


Prior to 13 March 2018, the definition of the ‘Person’ Object class was ‘A human being, whether man, woman or child’. From 13 March 2018, the definition was edited by removing the words ‘…whether man, woman or child’ so that a person is defined as ‘A human being’. This amendment was undertaken to align the definition of a person with the Australian Government Guidelines on the Recognition of Sex and Gender and the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Standard for Sex and Gender Variables, which recognise that there are sex and gender types that are not exclusively male or female.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare


Macquarie University 2003. The Macquarie Dictionary 3rd ed. Sydney: The Macquarie Library Pty. Ltd

Reference documents:

Attorney-General's Department 2015. Australian Government Guidelines on the Recognition of Sex and Gender. Viewed 26 July 2016,

ABS (Australian Bureau of Statistics) 2016. Standard for Sex and Gender Variables, 2016. ABS Cat. no. 1200.0.55.012. Canberra: ABS. Viewed 26 July 2016,

Property attributes

Identifying and definitional attributes

Property:Australian state/territory identifier

An identifier of the Australian state or territory.


This is a geographic indicator which is used for analysis of the distribution of clients or patients, agencies or establishments and services.

Property group:Location characteristics

Data element concept attributes

Relational attributes

Related metadata references:

Supersedes Person—Australian state/territory identifier Housing assistance, Standard 10/02/2006, Health, Superseded 17/01/2020, Early Childhood, Standard 21/05/2010, Homelessness, Standard 01/05/2013, Tasmanian Health, Draft 25/03/2014, Commonwealth Department of Health, Candidate 01/06/2015, Children and Families, Standard 22/11/2016, Community Services (retired), Standard 01/03/2005, ACT Health, Final 08/08/2018

Data Elements implementing this Data Element Concept:

Person—Australian state/territory identifier, code N Health, Standard 16/01/2020