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UNIT RECORD LEVEL DATA INSTRUCTIONS
Worker data elements:
ADDITIONAL REQUESTED DATA ELEMENTS
Area of usual residence - ASGS 2011 (Statistical Area Level 1/Mesh Block) (Child and Service provider organisation)
To align with the new geography standard, the Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS) is progressively being implemented from July 2011. The ABS requests that either Statistical Area Level 1 or Mesh Block be provided, in addition to Collection District (CD), for both Child and Service provider organisation data. The collection of both these geography standards will allow for 2011 data to be comparable to future collections when ASGS is fully implemented.
Address line (Child)
The 2011 ECEC NMDS does not include a Child level data element for address line. To enable derivation of an accurate geographic location for each child, the ABS requests that jurisdictions include the child's full street address with the data element Suburb/town/locality name. If jurisdictions are unable to provide this information, the CD and the SA1/MB, need to be provided to ensure that geographical dissemination of the data can be undertaken. Refer to the example provided in the URL data request template (child worksheet, cell P4) for further information. Chapter 2, Data Element Collection Instructions, includes further detail on how to collect and report data for the child's address.
State/territory funding indicator (Service provider organisation)
An additional Service provider organisation data element is also requested, the State/territory funding indicator, which is not currently part of the 2011 ECEC NMDS. This data element has been included to explore the capacity of data collected in the National ECEC Collection to be used as a source for Report on Government Services (RoGS) reporting. The data collected from this data element will be used for testing and comparison with data collected for the Children's Services chapter of the RoGS.
All data elements are described in the 'metadata dictionary' sheet within the URL data request template. More detailed descriptions are provided in Chapter 2, Data Element Collection Instructions, and the 2011 URL ECEC NMDS.
OTHER CHANGES TO ECEC NMDS DATA ELEMENTS
Care should be taken to ensure correct classification codes are recorded for Service provider organisation data elements: Management type, Service activity type and Service delivery setting, as new categories and changes to categories have occurred in the 2011 ECEC NMDS. For more information on these changes and other definitional or wording changes, see the Appendix - Overview of Changes to the ECEC NMDS.
CHILD STATISTICAL LINKAGE KEY
The child statistical linkage key (SLK) assists with the statistical identification of unique child records across data sets. Jurisdictions must ensure that the 5-8-1 format comprising letters of family name, letters of given name, date of birth and sex are brought together (concatenated in that order) to form a 14 character string. The elements of SLK 581 are:
For example, a girl named Jane Smith, born on 01/01/2007 would have a SLK of MIHAN010120072. For further information regarding the composition and counting rules relevant to the SLK, see Chapter 2, Data Element Collection Instructions.
URL DATA REQUEST
Statistical Entity: Child
Statistical entity: Service provider organisation
Statistical entity: Worker