4240.0.55.002 - National Early Childhood Education and Care Collection: Data Collection Guide, 2011  
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Technical name: Service provider organisation (address) - address line, text [X(180)]
METeOR identifier: 290315
METeOR link: http://meteor.aihw.gov.au/content/index.phtml/itemId/290315
METeOR definition: A composite of one or more standard address components, as represented by text.

Inclusions: For all early childhood education and care services that deliver a preschool program include:

  • The physical location at which the preschool program is being delivered, which may include:
      • Building/complex sub-unit type
      • Building/complex sub-unit number
      • Building/property name
      • Floor/level number
      • Floor/level type
      • House/property number
      • Lot/section number
      • Street name
      • Street type code
      • Street suffix code
  • The post office box address of the service provider.
  • The address of the head administration office, if this is not the location where the preschool program is delivered.
  • Early childhood education and care services that do not deliver a preschool program.

Underlying Concepts
Concept: Address line.
Nominal definition: The complete street address component of a service provider address which identifies the specific geographical location at which the preschool program is delivered.
Operational definition: Consistent with nominal definition.
Supporting data elements: The following data elements are used in conjunction with Address line to geo-code an address to Collection District (CD) and Mesh Block/Statistical Area Level 1 (MB/SA1) for the data elements Geographic location of organisation - ASGC 2010 (Collection District) and Geographic location of organisation - ASGS 2011 (Mesh Block/Statistical Area Level 1). Address line can also be used to validate CD codes, MB/SA1 codes or other supplied address data elements.
Conceptual issues: N/A

Standard Jurisdictional Output Categories
Representation class: Text
Data type: String
Format: [X(180)], for example: 50 Tulip Avenue
Maximum character length: 180
Supplementary values:
      ns - Not stated/inadequately described


Edit specificationsEdit resolution

If field is blank.Provide a valid address line, otherwise amend to code ‘ns’.

If field is a post office address.Provide a valid geographic address.

Guide for Use
Service providers may operate preschool programs at a number of geographical localities, with the management and operational responsibilities for those preschools being run out of the same administration office. In this situation, each preschool program is required to have an individual address line recorded, to allow identification of the geographical location where the preschool program is being delivered.

Mobile preschools should record the address of the non-mobile preschool from which it operates.

Counting rules:
  • Record the address line where the preschool program is delivered, by collecting comprehensive address details which allow identification of the geographical location. As a minimum, street number, street name and street type are requested to allow for accurate geo-coding.
  • If no address line exists to identify the location of the service provider, which may occur in remote areas, provide detailed information regarding the locality where the preschool program is being delivered. For example:
      • On Outback Station, 120km from Bushland via East Highway (80km) and access road (30km)
      • On the western shore of Sunshine Island, 150km south of Summerville.

Classification Definitions
CODE ns - Not stated/inadequately described
For use when the address of the service provider is unknown, not stated or inadequately described. Where the address is unknown, the ABS requests that jurisdictions identify the reason for the unknown response and document any follow-up processes undertaken.

Other Information
Related aggregate data elements: Address line.

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