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Identifying and Definitional Attributes
QH 040823 v1
Data Element
Data Element
A unique number assigned to a postal address as recorded on the Australia Post Postal Address File (PAF).
Postal delivery point identifier
Representational Attributes
Permissible Values


Valid Postal Delivery Point Identifier (PDPID) Code or blank.
Supplementary Values


Collection and Usage Attributes
Australia Post maintains a Postal Address File (PAF) database which contains Australian postal delivery addresses and their corresponding eight (8) character unique identification number known as a Delivery Point Identifier (DPID). While the PAF is concerned with postal address, for many persons' a postal address will be the same as their residential address. The PAF can be used to improve the recording of address data at the time of data entry.

The Postal Address File may be used at the time of data entry to confirm that the combined metadata items of address line, suburb/town/locality, Australian state/territory identifier and postcode - Australian are accurately recorded.
Field may be blank (where the person's address is not a recognised Australia Post delivery address).
The DPID is assigned electronically to recognised Australia Post delivery addresses following reference to the PAF database.
This metadata item is common to both the National Community Services Data Dictionary and the National Health Data Dictionary. In October 1999, Australia Post introduced a bar-coding system for bulk mail lodgements. Agencies or establishments can use software to improve the quality of person address data it collects and records and, at the same time, receive financial benefits by reducing its postage expenses.
The DPID is easily converted to a bar code and can be included on correspondence and address labels. If the bar code is displayed on a standard envelope that passes through a mail-franking machine (e.g. as used by most major hospitals), the postage cost is reduced. Every three months, Australia Post provides updates to the PAF database. For more information, contact Australia Post.
Other References: AS5017 Health Care Client Identification, 2002, Sydney: Standards Australia AS4846 Health Care Provider Identification, 2004, Sydney: Standards Australia
Relational Attributes
Related Metadata References

Related Metadata References_IR

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ViewRelationshipMetadata Item TypeMetadata Item SubtypeNameIdentifier & VersionApproval Status
Relates toData ElementData ElementAustralian state/territory IdentifierQH 040394 Version 2Superseded
Relates toData ElementData ElementPostcode-AustralianQH 040395 Version 2Superseded
Relates toData ElementData ElementSuburb/town/locality nameQH 040859 Version 1Superseded
Implementation in Metadata Sets


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Source and Reference Attributes
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
METeOR data element: Person (address)-postal delivery point identifier, {N(8)}, Identifier 270492, Health standard 01/03/2005 https://meteor.aihw.gov.au/content/index.phtml/itemId/270492/meteorItemView/long