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Identifying and Definitional Attributes
QH 040081 v3
Data Element
Data Element
Australian postcode corresponding to usual residential address.
Postcode of usual residence
Representational Attributes
Numeric Character
Permissible Values


Valid postcodes from the Corporate Reference Data System (CRDS) Locality data set maintained by Statistical Services Branch.
Supplementary Values


0989Not stated/unknown
9301Papua New Guinea
9302New Zealand
9399Overseas - other (not PNG or NZ)
9799At sea
9899Australian External Territories
9989No fixed address
Collection and Usage Attributes
Allocate Australian External Territories their actual postcode, not an overseas default postcode. Australian External Territories include the following : Christmas Island (Australia), Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Norfolk Island.
Queensland Perinatal Data Collection (QPDC):
Record the postcode of usual residence of the mother.
The Data Services Unit maintains a corporately standardised file of suburbs, postcodes, states and associated Statistical Local Areas. The content of this locality data set is derived from two main sources, the ABS and Australia Post, with supplementary data supplied by Queensland Health.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics provides annual releases on 1 July each year of the NLI, Street Sub-Index and ASGC data. Quarterly updates are now also received and loaded into CRDS. Australia Post data is downloaded from their website at the same time as the ABS updates are received for synchronisation of data. Ad hoc additions are made to the locality data set as advised by the source organisations.

The most up-to-date locality file and associated documentation are available from the Corporate Reference Data System (CRDS). The CRDS file can be browsed in QHEPS via INTERNAL QH LINK NOT AVAILABLE or an extract can be requested via email crds@health.qld.gov.au.
Relational Attributes
Related Metadata References

Related Metadata References_IR

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ViewRelationshipMetadata Item TypeMetadata Item SubtypeNameIdentifier & VersionApproval Status
SupersedesData ElementData ElementPostcode of usual residenceQH 040081 Version 2Superseded
Has been superseded byData ElementData ElementPerson (address)-Australian postcode of usual residenceQH 040081 Version 4Current
Is used in conjunction withData ElementData ElementAddress of usual residenceQH 040079 Version 1Superseded
Is used in conjunction withData ElementData ElementState of usual residenceQH 040078 Version 2Superseded
Is used in conjunction withData ElementData ElementSuburb/town/locality of usual residenceQH 040080 Version 1Superseded
Is used in conjunction withData ElementDerived Data ElementStatistical Local Area (SLA) of usual residenceQH 040082 Version 2Retired
Implementation in Metadata Sets


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ViewMetadata Item TypeMetadata Item SubtypeNameIdentifer & VersionObligationApproval StatusEffective FromEffective To
Information AssetData CollectionQueensland Cancer Registry (QCR) Data CollectionQH 020002 Version 1Superseded01-Jul-200230-Jun-2012
Information AssetData CollectionQueensland Hospital Admitted Patient Data Collection (QHAPDC)QH 020001 Version 1MandatorySuperseded01-Jul-200230-Jun-2012
Information AssetData CollectionQueensland Perinatal Data Collection (QPDC)QH 020003 Version 1MandatorySuperseded01-Jul-200230-Jun-2012
Source and Reference Attributes