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Identifying and Definitional Attributes
QH 040161 v3
Data Element
Data Element
The country in which the person was born.
Country of birth is important in the study of access to services by different population sub-groups. Country of birth is the most easily collected and consistently reported of possible data items. The item provides a link between the Census of Population and Housing, other ABS statistical collections and regional data collections. Country of birth may be used in conjunction with other data elements such as period of residence in Australia etc to derive more sophisticated measures of access to services by different population sub-groups.
Country of birth
Representational Attributes
Numeric Character
Permissible Values


Standard Australian Classification of Countries (SACC) 4-digit (individual country) level. ABS catalogue no. 1269.0 (1998)
Supplementary Values


Collection and Usage Attributes
A country, even if it comprises of other discrete political entities such as states is treated as a single unit for all data domain purposes. Parts of a political entity are not included in different groups. Thus Hawaii is included in North America (as part of the identified country United States of America), despite being geographically close to and having similar social and cultural characteristics as the units classified to Polynesia
Relational Attributes
Related Metadata References

Related Metadata References_IR

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ViewRelationshipMetadata Item TypeMetadata Item SubtypeNameIdentifier & VersionApproval Status
SupersedesData ElementData ElementCountry of birthQH 040161 Version 2Superseded
Has been superseded byData ElementData ElementCountry of birthQH 040161 Version 4Superseded
Implementation in Metadata Sets


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ViewMetadata Item TypeMetadata Item SubtypeNameIdentifer & VersionObligationApproval StatusEffective FromEffective To
Information AssetData CollectionElective Surgery Data Collection (ESDC)QH 020110 Version 1MandatorySuperseded01-Jul-200130-Jun-2004
Information AssetData CollectionEmergency Data Collection (EDC)QH 020159 Version 1MandatorySuperseded01-Jan-200330-Jun-2004
Information AssetData CollectionQueensland Cancer Registry (QCR) Data CollectionQH 020002 Version 1Superseded01-Jul-200130-Jun-2004
Information AssetData CollectionQueensland Hospital Admitted Patient Data Collection (QHAPDC)QH 020001 Version 1MandatorySuperseded01-Jul-200130-Jun-2004
Information AssetData CollectionQueensland Perinatal Data Collection (QPDC)QH 020003 Version 1MandatorySuperseded01-Jul-200130-Jun-2004
Source and Reference Attributes