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4240.0.55.002 - National Early Childhood Education and Care Collection: Data Collection Guide, 2011  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 07/03/2012  First Issue
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Technical name: Service provider organisation - organisation identifier, X(15)
METeOR identifier: 397155
METeOR link:
METeOR definition: A unique identifier assigned to each service which delivers child care or preschool services to children.

Inclusions: A unique identifier for each service provider, for all early childhood education and care services that deliver a preschool program.

  • Identifiers assigned to the registered business or the organisation operating the service, if different from the preschool program provider.
  • Early childhood education and care services that do not deliver a preschool program.

Underlying Concepts
Concept: Organisation identifier.
Nominal definition: A unique identifier at the national level, assigned to each service that delivers a preschool program.
Operational definition: A unique identifier at the state or territory level, assigned to each service that delivers a preschool program.
Supporting data elements: Organisation name
Conceptual issues:
  • The organisation identifier is used to enable accurate identification of the service provider.
  • The organisation identifier may be used to identify records that require follow-up with service providers to resolve data queries.
  • The nominal and operational definitions differ as there is currently no uniform method for assigning the organisation identifier. States and territories are advised to adopt a consistent approach to assigning identifiers within their jurisdiction.
  • Further information on the collection of this data element will be provided prior to the 2012 National ECEC Collection.

Standard Jurisdictional Output Categories
Representation class: Identifier
Data type: String
Format: X(15), for example: N112233
Maximum character length: 15


Edit specificationsEdit resolution

If field is blank.Provide a valid organisation identifier.

If character length is greater than 15.Provide a valid organisation identifier.

Guide for Use
Counting rules:
  • The identifier should include components that identify the main service type, state/territory and an individual number for each service.
  • The identifier should be reported for the location at which the preschool program is delivered. A discrete identifier should be supplied for each preschool program operated as a separate campus or 'satellite' of a parent service provider organisation.
  • All individual caregivers working for family day care/in-home care services should be provided with the same service identifier as the service in which they work.

Other Information
Related aggregate data elements: Organisation identifier.

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