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4240.0.55.002 - National Early Childhood Education and Care Collection: Data Collection Guide, 2011  
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SUBURB/TOWN/LOCALITY NAME


Technical name: Person (address) - suburb/town/locality name, text [A(50)]
METeOR identifier: 287326
METeOR link: http://meteor.aihw.gov.au/content/index.phtml/itemId/287326
METeOR definition: The full name of the locality contained within the specific address of a person, as represented by text.

Scope
Inclusions: For all children enrolled in a preschool program include:

  • The suburb/town/locality name of the child's parent or guardian, with whom the child spends the majority of their time.
Exclusions:
  • The suburb/town/locality name for a post office box of the child's parent or guardian.
  • The suburb/town/locality name of any other parent or guardian of the child that is not the parent or guardian with whom the child spends the majority of their time.
  • Children not enrolled in a preschool program.

Underlying Concepts
Concept: Suburb/town/locality name.
Nominal definition: The suburb, town or locality name component of a child's address that identifies the child's place of usual residence.
Operational definition: The suburb, town or locality name component of a child's parent or guardian's address, that identifies where the child's parent or guardian lives, reported for the parent or guardian with whom the child spends the majority of their time. The child's parent or guardian must be asked to identify the suburb, town or locality name on the child's behalf.
Supporting data elements: The following data elements are used in conjunction with Suburb/town/locality name to geo-code an address to Collection District (CD) and Mesh Block/Statistical Area Level 1 (MB/SA1) for the data elements Area of usual residence - ASGC 2010 (Collection District) and Area of usual residence - ASGS 2011 (Mesh Block/Statistical Area Level 1). Suburb/town/locality name can also be used to validate CD codes, MB/SA1 codes or other supplied address data elements.
Conceptual issues:
  • The Suburb/town/locality name for the child should be reported using the concept of 'usual residence', which is nominally defined as 'the place where the person has or intends to live for 6 months or more'.
  • Operationally, the address details of the child's parent or guardian are recorded as it is assumed that the child lives with the parent or guardian and it is infeasible for children in scope of this collection to self-report. It is also not operationally possible to confirm whether or not the address provided on the service provider records is the place that the parent or guardian has or intends to live for 6 months or more, in accordance with the nominal definition of 'usual residence'.

Standard Jurisdictional Output Categories
Representation class: Text
Data type: String
Format: [A(50)], for example, Gawler
Maximum character length: 50
Supplementary values:
      un - Unknown
      oa - Overseas address
      nfa - No fixed address


2.1.16 LEGAL VALUE CHECKS


Edit specificationsEdit resolution

1.
If field is blank.Provide a valid Suburb/town/locality name, otherwise amend to appropriate supplementary value.



Guide for Use
If a jurisdiction is able to accurately code complete address information to both CD and MB/SA1 for the data elements Area of usual residence - ASGC 2010 (Collection District) and Area of usual residence - ASGS 2011 (Mesh Block/Statistical Area Level 1), there is no requirement to provide this data element. However, if jurisdictions do not provide Suburb/town/locality name in addition to both CD and MB/SA1 codes, detailed information on jurisdictional geo-coding process and validations should be provided to the ABS.

Counting rules:
  • The Suburb/town/locality name should reflect the place of usual residence of the child's parent or guardian with whom the child spends the majority of their time.
  • Suburb/town/locality name should be obtained from the child's enrolment record.
  • If the child spends 50% with one parent/guardian and 50% with the other, record the 1st suburb/town/locality name recorded.
  • The locality name may be a town, city, suburb or commonly used location name such as a large agricultural property or Aboriginal community.
  • Include those children who are living outside of the jurisdiction's borders, if the child attends preschool within the jurisdiction. For example, a child living in Queanbeyan that attends a preschool within Canberra, would be recorded within the ACT jurisdictional data set, not the NSW data set.
  • For children boarding at a boarding school, report the suburb/town/locality name of the child's parent or guardian, not the boarding school.


Classification Definitions
CODE un - Unknown
For use when the suburb/town/locality name of the child's parent or guardian is unknown, not stated or inadequately described. Where the suburb/town/locality name is unknown, the ABS requests that jurisdictions identify the reason for the unknown response and document any follow-up processes undertaken.

CODE oa - Overseas address
For use when the child's parent or guardian's suburb of usual residence is located overseas.

CODE nfa - No fixed address
For use when the child's parent or guardian has no fixed address.

Other Information
Related aggregate data elements: No related aggregate data element.

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