Metadata Record Guide

The AURIN metadata record captures and displays key dataset information for AURIN users such as the dataset title, data abstract, data provider details, copyright notice, licence and any special terms or information provided by the data provider for the end users to be aware of. AURIN aims to make this information as user friendly as possible. If you have any questions about a metadata record, please contact


The following is a detailed explanation of common metadata found on most of AURIN’s datasets. In this case we explore the metadata on the AIHW – National Drug Strategy Household Survey – Tobacco Use, Alcohol Risk and Recent Illicit Drug Use (SA4) 2016.

1. Title

The dataset title, for example in this case we are able to infer the following:

  • The dataset was produced by the The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW).
  • The data is by SA4 statistical boundaries.
  • The data was released by the data provider in 2016.

2. Organisation

The short-form code of the organisation who provides the data.

3. Abstract

A short text or summary which provides the user with an explanation on the meaning and purpose of the data. Any additional informational documents and information regarding work done on the data itself by AURIN is also included here.

4. Aggregation Level

The short-form code of the aggregation level of the dataset. Aggregated dataset are those which follow a set defined boundary and may represent an aggregation of various data points. Data which are in point or line objects are classified as Not-Aggregated.

Short-Form CodeGeographical Level
countryAURIN's definition of Australia
lfrLabour Force Region
ferFunctional Economic Region
fferFER - Female
mferFER - Male
lsferFER - Less-Skilled
sferFER - Skilled
tferFER - Trades
bferFER - Bicycle
roferFER - Road
raferFER - Railroad
mtferFER - Multi-modal Transport
wzWorking Zone
wahdHealth Districts
wahrHealth Regions
tsdTemporal Statistical Division
steStates and Territories
lgaLocal Government Area
sdStatistical Division
ssdStatistical Sub-Division
slaStatistical Local Area
uclUrban Centres and Localities
sscState Suburbs
cdCensus Collection District
ced2004Commonwealth Electoral Division - 2004
pbc2004Polling-Booth Catchment area - 2004
ced2007Commonwealth Electoral Division - 2007
pbc2007Polling-Booth Catchment area - 2007
ced2010Commonwealth Electoral Division - 2010
pbc2010Polling-Booth Catchment area - 2010
lga2011Local Government Area (2011)
sla2011Statistical Local Area (2011)
sd2011Statistical Division (2011)
ssd2011Statistical Sub-Division (2011)
ssc2011State Suburbs (2011)
gccsaGreater Capital City Statistical Areas
sa4Statistical Area Level 4 - 2011
sa3Statistical Area Level 3 - 2011
sa2Statistical Area Level 2 - 2011
sa1Statistical Area Level 1 - 2011
mbMesh Blocks - 2011
NANot Aggregated / Individual Level Geometries
sa4_2016Statistical Area Level 4 - 2016
sa3_2016Statistical Area Level 3 - 2016
sa2_2016Statistical Area Level 2 - 2016
sa1_2016Statistical Area Level 1 - 2016
lga2016Local Government Area - 2016
gccsa_2016Greater Capital City Statistical Areas - 2016
pha2011Public Health Area 2011
pha2016Public Health Area 2016
lga2017Local Government Area - 2017
lga2012Local Government Area - 2012
lga2018Local Government Area - 2018
phn2017Primary Health Networks 2017
phn2015Primary Health Networks 2015
poa2016Postal Areas (ABS 2016)
poa2011Postal Areas (ABS 2011)


This is the ID of the dataset within the AURIN API, where a dataset doesnt have this attribute, it is not available via the AURIN API.

6. Spatial Extent

These coordinate define the spatial bounding box which describe the spatial extents of the dataset. It follows the format: West Bounding Coordinate, South Bounding Coordinate, East Bounding Coordinate, North Bounding Coordinate.

7. Attribution

This describes the method you must use to attribute the dataset. You must include the required attribution in all published works that incorporate this dataset.

8. Copyright Notice

This presents the copyright ownership of the dataset.

9. Licence Type

This tells you how the dataset is licensed.

The common Licence Types include:

  • Creative Commons (where data is licensed to AURIN under a Creative Commons licence); and
  • Data provider licence (where data is licensed to AURIN by a particular data provider);

All datasets will have licencing metadata, users must follow the terms of each licence. A case of a bespoke data provider licence will be explored further in the guide.

10. AURIN Terms of Use

The AURIN Terms of Use set out the terms on which you can access and use data and e-tools. You must comply with the AURIN Terms of Use when using the AURIN Workbench and its contents. Please read these terms of use carefully before using the AURIN Workbench. If you do not accept these terms of use, you may not use the AURIN Workbench.

Additional Metadata

Here we will explore additional information which is included in a dataset which is licenced bespokely. In this case the dataset is the restricted dataset: APM – Sample Point Level Property Data – For Sale Footscray 2018.

A. Licence Type

A bespoke data licence will follow the format of Data Licence ([Data Provider]). A document containing the licence will be served with the metadata.

B. Data Terms & Conditions

This presents the document containing the licencing terms of the licence identified by the Licence Type attribute.


What are the AURIN Terms of Use?

The AURIN Terms of Use are the terms that you agree to comply with when you create an account, as updated from time to time.

The AURIN Terms of Use set out the ways in which you can use the datasets and e-tools made available through AURIN, and your obligations in relation to that use. For example, you must attribute datasets appropriately. You can access the AURIN Terms of Use here.

What are Data Terms & Conditions?

We try to make as much of the AURIN Data available to users as possible. However, some AURIN Data, and some AURIN E-tools, are restricted by additional licence terms imposed by the data provider (what we refer to as the Data Terms & Conditions). Data Terms & Conditions may include restrictions on use, specific attribution requirements, and other important conditions.

If access to a dataset is subject to Data Terms & Conditions, a pop-up directing you to read the Data Terms & Conditions will appear before you access that dataset. By clicking through to the dataset, you acknowledge that you have read the Data Terms & Conditions and agree to be bound by them. The metadata record for the dataset will also include a link to any Data Terms & Conditions.

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