Used with other data elements to determine the Statistical Area of usual residence. This enables:
- Comparison of the use of services by persons residing in different geographical areas,
- Characterisation of catchment areas and populations for facilities for planning purposes, and
- Documentation of the provision of services to residents of states or territories other than Queensland.
Must be used with other items to distinguish between categories such as "overseas" and "at sea". Do not rely solely on the postcode as there are some Queensland postcodes for patients who live over the border in other States such as New South Wales.
Statistical Services Branch (SSB) maintains a corporate standardised data set of localities, postcodes, states and associated Statistical Area level 2 (SA2) identifiers. The content of the locality data set has two main sources, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) and Australia Post, with supplementary data supplied by Queensland Health.
The CRDS file can be browsed in QHEPS via <INTERNAL QH LINK NOT AVAILABLE> or an extract can be requested via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Australian External Territories:
The Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS) uses the Geographic definition of Australia, as set out in section 17(a) of the Acts Interpretation Act 1901 which currently defines Australia or the Commonwealth as meaning: '... the Commonwealth of Australia and, when used in a geographical sense, includes the Territory of Christmas Island and the Territory of Cocos (Keeling) Islands, but does not include any other external Territory'.
Included in this definition of Geographic Australia are the: States of New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia and Tasmania; Northern Territory, Australian Capital Territory, Territory of Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Territory of Christmas Island and Jervis Bay Territory.
Due to Australian constitutional law Norfolk Island is not included in the ASGS. However, for whole of locality recording purposes, Queensland Health classes Norfolk Island as an Australian External Territory.