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UNIT RECORD LEVEL DATA INSTRUCTIONS
Statistical Area level 1 (SA1) was included in the ABS data request in 2011 as a late addition due to impending phase out of Collection District (CD) codes as part of the change over from the ASGC Geography standard to the ASGS Geography standard. This data element has since been ratified for use in the 2012 ECEC NMDS.
Government funding type was included for testing in the 2011 ABS data request as an additional item. This data item has since been refined for the 2012 collection and included in the endorsed National Minimum Data Set (NMDS) for ECEC, with the aim of utilising the ABS 2012 National ECEC Collection for Productivity Commission reporting of preschool information within the Report on Government Services (RoGS), dependent on the outcomes on the investigations of the Children’s services working group (CSWG) sub-group, and its recommendations to the RoGS steering committee.
ADDITIONAL REQUESTED DATA ELEMENTS
Statistical linkage key match code (Child)
A statistical linkage key match code was included in the ABS data request in 2011 and has undergone significant refinement and testing.
To assist the identification of episodes of preschool to an individual child in 2012, the ABS requests that jurisdictions identify matching Statistical Linkage Key (SLK) records in their datasets and determine if the same SLK is coincidental or a valid match of a single child having multiple episodes of preschool. The SLK Match Code will identify the replicated SLKs that are valid episodes for one child, and link them using a numbering system. Where multiple episodes of preschool are identified, each child will have a unique SLK Match Code allocated to all their episodes. Collection of this information will allow more accurate calculation of the number of children attending preschool. Chapter 2, Data Element Collection Instructions, includes further detail on how to collect and report data for ‘Statistical linkage key match code’.
Address line (Child)
The 2012 ECEC NMDS does not include a Child level data element for address line. To enable derivation of an accurate geographic location for each child, the ABS requests that jurisdictions include the child's full street address with the data element Suburb/town/locality name. Refer to the example provided in the URL data request template (URL_Child_Service provider tab) for further information. If jurisdictions are unable to provide this information, the CD and the SA1/MB, need to be provided to ensure that geographical dissemination of the data can be undertaken. Chapter 2, Data Element Collection Instructions, includes further detail on how to collect and report data for the child's address.
Area of usual residence, geographical location (Meshblock code, 2011 ASGS)
To align with the new geography standard, the Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS) is progressively being implemented from July 2011. The ABS requests that Meshblock be provided (where possible), in addition to Statistical Area level 1 (SA1) and Collection District (CD), for Child data. The collection of these geography standards will allow comparability of 2011 and 2012 data to future year’s collections.
Australian State/Territory identifier (Service provider organisation)
An additional Service provider organisation data element, the Australian state/territory identifier, is also requested. This data element is not currently part of the 2012 ECEC NMDS but is required to complete the address information already specified within the 2012 NMDS.
Geographic location of organisation (Meshblock code, 2011 ASGS)
To align with the new geography standard, the Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS) is progressively being implemented from July 2011. The ABS requests that Meshblock be provided (where possible), in addition to Statistical Area level 1 (SA1) and Collection District (CD), for the Service provider organisation. The collection of these geography standards will allow comparability of 2011 and 2012 data to future year’s collections.
All data elements are described in the 'metadata dictionary' sheet within the URL data request template. More detailed descriptions are provided in Chapter 2, Data Element Collection Instructions, and the 2012 URL ECEC NMDS.
OTHER CHANGES TO ECEC NMDS DATA ELEMENTS
Care should be taken to ensure correct classification codes are recorded for each data element as new categories and changes to categories have occurred in the 2012 ECEC NMDS. For more information on these changes and other definitional or wording changes, see Appendix 1: Overview of Changes to the ECEC NMDS.
OTHER CHANGES TO ECEC DATA REQUEST TEMPLATE
Where possible, the ABS has maintained a similar format to the 2012 data template compared to the 2011 data templates. Appendix 2: Changes to the ECEC Data Template outlines changes between 2011 and 2012 to assist jurisdictions who may be using established processes to supply data in 2012.
URL DATA REQUEST
Statistical entity: Child
Statistical entity: Service provider organisation
Statistical entity: Worker