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The ABS is responsible for developing statistical geography standards that are used for the dissemination of statistics. These standards are the Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS) and the Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC). July 2011 was the final release edition of the ASGC.

The ASGS is now the sole ABS statistical geography. The first ASGS edition is effective from July 2011. Population Census data for 2011 is available on the ASGS.

Click here for information on the Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS)


Try the test version of the ASGS Boundaries Online, a tool that allows you to visualise and compare ASGS and some ASGC boundaries. Please provide feedback on the BetaWorks web page.

The standards, as well as the boundaries and commonly requested correspondences are published on the ABS web site. ABS Geography is the place to contact for geographic enquiries, but for access to ABS statistics, contact the National Information Referral Service.


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The ABS is developing the Statistical Spatial Framework (SSF) to better integrate statistical and geospatial information.


The latest ASGS publication is the Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS) Volume 5 – Remoteness Areas, July 2011 (cat. no. 1270.0.55.005)


A summary of ABS publications impacted by the ASGS:
ASGS Implementation Schedule for ABS Publications
Correspondences

Gazetted Localities & State Suburbs

Remoteness Structure

Digital Boundaries for GIS

Definition of Urban and Rural

Converting data to the ASGS

Definition of Metropolitan and non-Metropolitan
Statistical Areas Level 1 (SA1) are the smallest geographic regions on which 2011 Census of Population and Housing data is provided.

There are 54,805 Statistical Areas Level 1 (SA1s) for Census 2011, compared to 38,704 Census Collection Districts (CDs) in Census 2006.

Approximately 70% of Australia's population live in the 2011 Remoteness Area classification of "major cities" which comprise only 0.2% of Australia's land mass.


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