Australian Statistical Geography Standard 2016
Identifying and definitional attributes
The ASGS is a hierarchical framework of regions. Its classification structures are split into two broad groups, the ABS Structures and the Non-ABS Structures.
The ABS Structures are hierarchies of regions defined and maintained by the ABS. The regions that comprise the ABS Structures will remain unchanged until the next anticipated edition of the ASGS in 2021, which is timed for use in the next anticipated Census of Population and Housing in 2021.
The ABS Structures are built directly from mesh blocks. Non-ABS Structures are approximated by either Mesh Blocks, the Statistical Areas Level 1 (SA1), or the Statistical Areas Level 2 (SA2).
The ABS Structures comprise six interrelated hierarchies of regions. They are:
The Non ABS Structures comprise eight hierarchies of regions which are not defined or maintained by the ABS, but for which the ABS is committed to providing a range of statistics. They generally represent administrative regions and are approximated by Mesh Blocks, SA1s or SA2s. They are:
Source and reference attributes
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
Australian Bureau of Statistics 2016. Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS): Volume 1 - Main Structure and Greater Capital City Statistical Areas July 2016. ABS cat. no. 1270.0.55.001. Canberra: ABS.
The 2016 ASGS is the second edition of the ASGS, which updates the first edition (introduced in 2011) for growth and change in Australia's population, economy and infrastructure. It also incorporates the Territory of Norfolk Island for the first time.
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Supersedes Australian Statistical Geography Standard 2011
Has been superseded by Australian Statistical Geography Standard Edition 3
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