4240.0.55.002 - National Early Childhood Education and Care Collection: Data Collection Guide, 2011  
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Technical name: Service provider organisation - organisation identifier, X(15)
METeOR identifier: 397155
METeOR link: http://meteor.aihw.gov.au/content/index.phtml/itemId/397155
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 URL data element: Organisation identifier.

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