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Register of government mandated data standards

This register is the definitive list of approved mandated data standards. Prior to 2021, mandated standards were called data content requirements or DCRs – you might still see this wording for the 3 standards that were mandated before 2021.

Approved mandated standards

Date of birth
Person name
Street address
Gender and sex

What topics will be mandated in future?

The current topics identified by the data system leaders in the Information Group to be mandated standards are:

  • ethnicity
  • iwi affiliation
  • Māori descent
  • Māori business

If you would like to suggest topics to be considered in the mandating process, contact MandatedStandards@stats.govt.nz.

Date of birth

Description

The date of birth is the year, month, and day a natural person was born. This should be used to format date of birth data for sharing purposes.

The standard

ISO 8601 - 1:2019 Date and time — representations for information interchange — part 1: basic rules

Approval date

12 December 2019

Effective date

2 April 2020

Review date

Undetermined

Date of birth mandated standard [HTML]
Date of birth mandated standard [PDF 286 KB]

Person name

Description

Person name is the name of a natural person. This should be used to format person name for sharing purposes.

The standard

NZ Government OASIS CIQ Name Profile

Approval date

12 December 2019

Effective date

2 April 2020

Review date

Undetermined

Person name mandated standard [HTML]
Person name mandated standard [PDF 338 KB]

Street address

Description

An address is structured information that allows the unambiguous determination of an object (that may be assigned an address) for the purposes of identification and location. This should be used to format street address for sharing purposes.

The standard

ISO 19160-1:2015 Addressing Part 1: Conceptual Model

Approval date

12 December 2019

Effective date

2 April 2020

Review date

Undetermined

Street address mandated standard [HTML]
Street address mandated standard [PDF 473 KB]

Gender and sex

Description

Gender and sex is the gender and sex of a natural person. This should be used when collecting, publishing, or sharing data on gender and sex.

The standard

Stats NZ statistical standard for gender, sex, and variations of sex characteristics.

Approval date

20 December 2021

Effective date

14 February 2022

Review date

Undetermined

Statistical standard for gender, sex, and variations of sex characteristics

Statistical standard for gender, sex, and variations of sex characteristics [PDF 1.1MB]

Guide to collecting gender, sex, and variations of sex characteristics data [PDF 2.2MB]

Glossary

Collect means to take any step to seek or obtain administrative and survey data from a range of institutions and people.

Data should be interpreted in its widest sense, that is, including information and free text responses.

Publish means to make data available to people outside your agency or organisation.

Share means to provide data to another agency, organisation, group, or individual.

Contact us

If you’d like more information, have a question, or want to provide feedback on this page, email MandatedStandards@stats.govt.nz.

Content last reviewed 14 February 2022.

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