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Identifying and Definitional Attributes
QH 040394 v2
Data Element
Data Element
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.
Australian state/territory Identifier
Representational Attributes
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)
Supplementary Values


Collection and Usage Attributes
The order presented here is the standard for the ABS. Other organisations (including the AIHW) publish data in State order based on population (that is, WA before SA and ACT before NT). Irrespective of how the information is coded, conversion of the codes to the ABS standard must be possible.

DSS - Health care client identification:
When used specifically in the collection of address information for a client, the following local implementation rules may be applied:
NULL may be used to signify an unknown address State; and
Code 0 may be used to signify an overseas address.

NHDD specific - Residential mental health care NMDS:
This is the State or Territory of the establishment.

NHDD specific - Admitted patient care NMDS:
This data element applies to the location of the establishment and not to the patient's area of usual residence.
This metadata item is common to both the National Community Services Data Dictionary and the National Health Data Dictionary. Other References: AS4846 Health Care Provider Identification, 2004, Sydney: Standards Australia AS5017 Health Care Client Identification, 2002, Sydney: Standards Australia In AS4846 and AS5017 alternative codes are presented. Refer to the current standard for more details.
Relational Attributes
Related Metadata References

Related Metadata References_IR

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ViewRelationshipMetadata Item TypeMetadata Item SubtypeNameIdentifier & VersionApproval Status
SupersedesData ElementData ElementStateQH 040394 Version 1Superseded
Is composed ofData ElementData ElementEstablishment-organisation identifier (Australian)QH 040925 Version 1Current
Relates toData ElementData ElementPostal delivery point identifierQH 040823 Version 1Superseded
Relates toData ElementData ElementPostal delivery service numberQH 040822 Version 1Superseded
Relates toData ElementData ElementPostal delivery service type abbreviationQH 040824 Version 1Superseded
Relates toData ElementData ElementPostcode-AustralianQH 040395 Version 2Superseded
Relates toData ElementData ElementSuburb/town/locality nameQH 040859 Version 1Superseded
Implementation in Metadata Sets


No Metadata Items
Source and Reference Attributes
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
National Health Data Dictionary