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The person details data dictionary contains the data elements to identify the name and demographic characteristics of a person defined as a human being, whether man, woman or child. It is based on the Standards prepared by Standards Australia Subcommittee IT-027-01, Personal and Corporate Data-Representation and Management, for Committee IT-027, Data Management and Interchange to supersede AS 4590-1999.

The revised AS 4590—2006 Interchange of client information standard is a result of industry concern at the numerous data interchange formats used within the information technology industry. The objective of the Standard is to provide industry with a common client data interchange standard.

Wherever possible, the definitions of data elements are based on existing standards.

Reference has been made to International and Australian Standards, and to standards from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Metadata items in this Data Set Specification

Below is a list of all the components within this Dataset Specification.
Each entry includes the item name, whether the item is optional, mandatory or conditional and the maximum times the item can occur in a dataset.
If the items must occur in a particular order in the dataset, the sequence number is included before the item name.


Guide for use:

The Person details data dictionary is one of a suite of data dictionaries based on the AS 4590—2006 Interchange of client information standard. This suite of data dictionaries is not limited to a specific data collection. The aim is to enable data developers to select appropriate data elements to use in meeting the needs of their specific data collection. These data dictionaries are:

  • Party identifier details data dictionary
  • Electronic contact details data dictionary
  • Organisation details data dictionary
  • Address details data dictionary

A table has been created to show the mapping between the data elements within the Person details data dictionary and the AS 4590—2006 Interchange of client information standard. See: Person details mapping

Standards Australia 2006. AS 4590—2006 Interchange of client information. Sydney: Standards Australia.



Originated as part of AS 4212-1994.

Previous edition AS 4590-1999.

Second edition 2006.

This content Based on Australian Institute of Health and Welfare material. Attribution provided as required under the AIHW CC-BY licence.

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