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How to use the Australian Reporting Dictionary
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Definition: A single dictionary term or data element.
Each individual piece of information or data contained in a Report is called a Definition. On a paper form these would be the ‘fields’ required to be filled out, for example name, address, tax file number.
When not used in a Report, Definitions have a basic set of constraining, standard requirements. Standard Definitions reduce the need for government agencies to create new Definitions for their Reports.
A single Definition can be used across any number of Reports. The context varies according to the government agency requiring the information.
Report: The full set of data needed to fulfil a particular reporting obligation for government.
This data includes a grouping of Definitions used in the context of a report, for example. ATO Activity Statement.