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Common formats

The ABS Clearing-House operates based on submissions submitted under common formats. Common formats are standardized forms to facilitate submission of information in a harmonized manner. The ABS Clearing-House common formats make use of controlled vocabulary and metadata in order to facilitate a consistent registering and search of information in the ABS Clearing-House.

The common formats differentiate between mandatory and non-mandatory information. Some fields are mandatory to ensure that the record contains the minimum information necessary for displaying records consistently. The common formats are also designed to be flexible and provide for opportunities to include additional information

Offline common formats are available in MS word format and can be downloaded using the links below:

National Records

Reference Records