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4240.0.55.002 - National Early Childhood Education and Care Collection: Data Collection Guide, 2011  
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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATION OF ORGANISATION - ASGS 2011 (MESH BLOCK/STATISTICAL AREA LEVEL 1)


Technical name: N/A
METeOR identifier: N/A
METeOR link: N/A
METeOR definition: N/A
Note: This is an additional data element. The Australian Statistical Geographic Standard (ASGS) 2011 is the new geographic standard that has replaced the Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC).

Scope
Inclusions: ASGS Mesh Block (MB) or Statistical Area Level 1 (SA1) code indicating the geographical location at which the preschool program is delivered, for all early childhood education and care services that deliver a preschool program.
Exclusions:

  • The MB/SA1 code associated with a post office box.
  • The MB/SA1 code associated with 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: Geographic location of organisation - ASGS 2011 (MB/SA1).
Nominal definition: The geographic location of the service provider within the state or territory of Australia as represented by a geographical area code (MB/SA1).
Operational definition: Consistent with nominal definition.
Supporting data elements: MB/SA1 is derived using the following data elements: Conceptual issues:
The Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS)
  • The ASGS has replaced the ASGC. Further information to assist jurisdictions to move from the ASGC to the ASGS is available on the ABS website at <http://www.abs.gov.au/geography>.

Mesh Block (MB)
  • MBs are the smallest geographic region in the ASGS and form the basis for the larger regions of the ASGS. There are approximately 347,000 MBs covering the whole of Australia without gaps or overlaps. They broadly identify land use such as residential, commercial, agricultural and parks etc. MBs are the building blocks for all the larger regions of the ASGS. As MBs are very small they can be combined together to accurately approximate a large range of other statistical regions.

Statistical Area Level 1 (SA1)
  • The SA1s have been designed as the smallest unit for the release of Census data. SA1s are built from whole MBs. Whole SA1s aggregate directly to SA2s in the Main Structure, as well as all of the Non-ABS Structures except LGAs and Tourism Regions. SA1s do not cross state or territory borders. There are approximately 55,000 SA1s. In aggregate, they cover the whole of Australia without gaps or overlaps.

Standard Jurisdictional Output Categories
Classification Scheme: ASGS 2011
Representation class: Code

Statistical Area Level 1
Data type: Number
Format: NNNNNNN, for example: 4052030
Maximum character length: 7
Supplementary values:
      1949999 - New South Wales: unknown SA1
      2949999 - Victoria: unknown SA1
      3949999 - Queensland: unknown SA1
      4949999 - South Australia: unknown SA1
      5949999 - Western Australia: unknown SA1
      6949999 - Tasmania: unknown SA1
      7949999 - Northern Territory: unknown SA1
      8949999 - Australian Capital Territory: unknown SA1
      9949999 - Other Territories: unknown SA1

Mesh Block
Data type: Number
Format: NNNNNNNNNNN, for example: 40520305768
Maximum character length: 11
Supplementary values:
      10000009899 - New South Wales: undefined MB
      20000009899 - Victoria: undefined MB
      30000009899 - Queensland: undefined MB
      40000009899 - South Australia: undefined MB
      50000009899 - Western Australia: undefined MB
      60000009899 - Tasmania: undefined MB
      70000009899 - Northern Territory: undefined MB
      80000009899 - Australian Capital Territory: undefined MB
      90000009899 - Other Territories: undefined MB

2.2.6 LEGAL VALUE CHECKS

Edit specificationsEdit resolution

1.
If field contains text.Provide a valid MB/SA1 code, otherwise amend to state/territory MB/SA1 supplementary value.

2.
If character length of SA1 field is greater than 7.Provide a valid SA1 code, otherwise amend to state/territory SA1 unknown code.

3.
If character length of MB field is greater than 11.Provide a valid MB code, otherwise amend to state/territory MB undefined code.

4.
If SA1 code is provided.Ensure MB code is blank.

5.
If MB code is provided.Ensure SA1 code is blank.



Guide for Use
Counting rules:
  • Code the geographical location (MB/SA1) where the preschool program is delivered using the address line, postcode, suburb/town/locality name and state or territory of the service provider.
  • Jurisdictions are only required to provide one level of coding for this data element, i.e. either provide a MB code or provide a SA1 code.

Classification Definitions
Unknown SA1 codes
For use when the address of the service provider is not known or incomplete and unable to be coded to SA1, or where the jurisdiction is unable to accurately code to SA1. Where address information is unknown, the ABS requests that jurisdictions identify the reason for the unknown response and document any follow-up processes undertaken.

Undefined MB codes
For use when the address of the service provider is not known or incomplete and unable to be coded to MB, or where the jurisdiction is unable to accurately code to MB. Where address information 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: Geographic location of organisation - ASGS 2011 (MB/SA1).

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