Admitted patient care remoteness classification (ASGS-RA) N
Value Domain Attributes
Identifying and definitional attributes
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Health, Standard 06/09/2018
Australian Statistical Geography Standard-Remoteness Area (ASGS-RA) is a geographical classification which defines locations in terms of remoteness, i.e. the physical road distance of a location from the nearest Service Centre (a populated locality where the population is greater than 1,000 persons), within population size categories.
Geographic remoteness is essentially a measure of a physical location's level of access to goods and services. Large population centres tend to have a greater range of goods and services available than small population centres. Typically, a population centre is not likely to provide a full range of goods and services until its population reaches around 250,000 people.
The measures of remoteness used by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) are based on population estimates obtained from the Census of Population and Housing, conducted every 5 years. Remoteness measures are calculated using Accessibility/Remoteness Index of Australia (ARIA+) scores, which are based on the distance of geographic locations from the nearest populated locality in various size ranges. The lower the ARIA+ score for a location, the better its level of access to goods and services.
Information in relation to how remoteness is defined and calculated is available from the Statistical Geography portal on the ABS website.
Information in relation to how ARIA+ scores are calculated for physical locations is available from the Hugo Centre for Migration and Population Research website.
|Classification scheme:||Australian Statistical Geography Standard 2016|
|Maximum character length:||1|
|Permissible values:||0||Major cities of Australia|
|1||Inner regional Australia|
|2||Outer regional Australia|
|4||Very remote Australia|
|Supplementary values:||9||Not stated/inadequately described|
Source and reference attributes
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
Information relating to remoteness and other aspects of statistical geography is available from the Statistical Geography portal on the ABS website:
Australian Bureau of Statistics 2016. ABS Geography. Viewed 15 August 2018, http://www.abs.gov.au/websitedbs/D3310114.nsf/
Information relating to the development of the ARIA and ARIA+ scores by the Australian Population and Migration Research Centre (APMRC) within the National Centre for Social Applications of Geographic Information Systems (GISCA) at the University of Adelaide is available from the APMRC website:
Australian Population and Migration Research Centre 2013. ARIA - Accessibility/Remoteness Index of Australia. Viewed 15 August 2018, https://www.adelaide.edu.au/hugo-centre/spatial_data/aria/
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 Admitted patient care remoteness classification (ASGS-RA) N
Health, Superseded 06/09/2018
Has been superseded by Admitted patient care remoteness classification (ASGS Edition 3) N
Health, Qualified 08/09/2023
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