Appendices, codes and tables

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This page provides appendices referenced by various data elements and relevant to all four data collections.

For higher education providers it also provides details about the allocation of units of study to funding clusters and student contribution bands according to field of education codes.

Data element appendices

Appendix A - Higher education and VET provider codes and names

Higher education or VET provider codes and names are referenced in the description of several data elements. These elements are used variously in the Higher education Student, VET and University Applications and Offers data collections. These elements are:

The following document lists all approved higher education and VET providers. It includes provider names, provider types and provider codes for current and retired providers.

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Appendix B - Australian postcodes

Several data elements reference Australian postcodes and included in the Higher Education Student, VET and University Applications and Offers data collections. The elements are:

  • Location code of term residence (element 319)
  • Location code of permanent home residence (element 320)
  • Postal address – postcode (element 409)
  • Address of permanent home residence – postcode (element 413)
  • Postcode or overseas country code location of Higher education / VET provider campus/delivery location (element 477)
  • Course campus postcode (element 559)

The current list of Australian postcodes is available to download from the Opens in a new window: Australia Post website.

Alternatively you can search for Australian postcodes at Opens in a new window: Australia Post - Post Code Search.

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Appendix C - Standard Australian Classification of Countries

The Standard Australian Classification of Countries (SACC) is published statistics classified by country. It is a classification based on a country’s geographical proximity and similarity in terms of social, cultural, economic and political characteristics. It is referenced by several data elements and one or more of these elements are used by all four data collections. The data elements are:

  • Location code of term residence (element 319)
  • Location code of permanent home residence (element 320)
  • Country of birth code (element 346)
  • Address of permanent home residence – postcode (element 413)
  • Postcode or overseas country code location of Higher education / VET provider campus/delivery location (element 477)
  • OS‑HELP country of study code – primary (element 553)
  • OS‑HELP country of study code – secondary (element 554)
  • Course campus postcode (element 559)
  • Postal address – country code (element 728)

The SACC is available to download from the Australian Bureau of Statistics. If you use Internet Explorer you may get a security warning in the bar at the top of the browser window when you click the .XLS icon to download the file. If this happens, click the security warning bar and select Download File, allowing the page to reload. Then click the .XLS icon again for options to Save or Open the file.

Reference Table 1.3 Major Groups, Minor Groups and Countries for the Standard Australian Classification of Countries (SACC) in the Excel document.

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Appendix D - Australian Standard Classification of Languages

The Australian Standard Classification of Languages (ASCL) is used for statistical and administrative data relating to the languages spoken in Australia. It is referenced in the following data elements:

The ASCL is available to download from the Australian Bureau of Statistics. If you use Internet Explorer you may get a security warning in the bar at the top of the browser window when you click the .XLS icon to download the file. If this happens, click the security warning bar and select Download File, allowing the page to reload. Then click the .XLS icon again for options to Save or Open the file.

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Appendix E - Field of education classification

The field of education classification is used to describe the principal subject matter of higher education and VET courses and units of study. This is also referred to as the Australian Standard Classification of Education (ASCED).

Its main purpose is to ensure courses, specialisations and units of study with the same or similar vocational emphasis are reliably classified as belonging to the same "field of education". It is used nationally in all administrative and survey collections which incorporate data on education by field.

There are two main elements in the Higher Education Student, VET data collections and University Application and Offers data collections that use the Field of education classification. These are:

  • Field of education code (element 461) to classify a course.
  • Discipline code (element 464) to classify a unit of study.

This classification is also used for:

  • Field of education supplementary code (element 462) for combined degrees.
  • Specialisation code (element 463) for higher education course completions.
  • Field details (element 562) for prior VET study.

How to code your field of education / discipline codes

This classification is also available on the Opens in a new window: Australian Bureau of Statistics website.

How to apply field of education / discipline codes

The Structure of the Field of Education Classification page provides information about the structure of field of education codes and how to apply them.

The descriptions are only indicative. You will need to make a judgment as to what field of education category is appropriate for courses, specialisations and units of study of study containing subject matter not specifically listed.

Concordance between Australian Standard Classification of Education (ASCED) and Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC)

Through the Higher Education Data Committee and in response to the Opens in a new window: Review of Reporting Requirements for Universities the department has worked with the ABS to provide the following concordance table.

Concordance between Australian Standard Classification of Education (ASCED) and International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED)

The International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) is used when supplying data to and interpreting data from the OECD and UNESCO. More information about ISCED is available at: Opens in a new window: http://uis.unesco.org/en/isced-mappings.

Australia uses the Australian Standard Classification of Education (ASCED) for all national reporting.

A concordance has been developed in cooperation with the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) and the Australian Government Department of Education and Training to allow the matching between OECD data and Australian data.

Concordance for levels of education:
Concordance for fields of education:

If you have any questions about these concordances please contact: OECD.DataTeam@education.gov.au.

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Appendix J - Standards for Social, Labour and Demographic Variables

Labour Force Status (element 576) is included in the VET collection. Statistical Standards for Social, Labour and Demographic Variables have been developed by the Australian Bureau of Statistics for data relating to social and labour issues in Australia. The statistical variables to which these standards relate include labour force, demographic, family, household, income, education, cultural diversity and language variables.

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Funding clusters and ACCVAL tables

Student contribution amounts are determined at the unit of study level. Units of study are allocated to funding clusters, or parts of funding clusters, according to their classification under the Australian Standard Classification of Education as per chapter 7 of the Opens in a new window: Commonwealth Grant Scheme guidelines. Units in the same CGS funding cluster may be subject to different maximum student contribution amounts. For more information see the Higher Education Administrative Information for Providers.

The student contribution bands, ranges & indexed rates are provided at:

The Annual Course Contribution Value (ACCVAL) table provides information on how to code units of study in each discipline/field of education to the Maximum student contribution indicator (element 392).


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