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Person—geographic location (SLA), code (ASGC 2010) NNNNN

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Metadata item type:Help on this termData Element
Short name:Help on this termGeographic location of person
METeOR identifier:Help on this term426310
Registration status:Help on this termCommunity Services (retired), Superseded 26/10/2011
Definition:Help on this termThe geographical location of a person using a five digit numerical code which indicates the Statistical Local Area (SLA) within the state or territory of Australia.
Data Element Concept:Person—geographic location

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Classification scheme:Australian Standard Geographical Classification 2010
Representation class:Help on this termCode
Data type:Help on this termNumber
Format:Help on this termNNNNN
Maximum character length:Help on this term5

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this termAustralian Institute of Health and Welfare

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Collection and usage attributes

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The geographical location is reported using a five digit numerical code to indicate the Statistical Local Area (SLA) within the reporting state or territory, as defined in the Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC) (Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), catalogue number 1216.0). It is a composite of state/territory identifier and SLA (first digit = state/territory identifier, next four digits = SLA).

The Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC) is updated by the ABS on an annual basis, with a date of effect of 1 July each year.

Up until 2007, the ABS's National Localities Index (NLI) (catalogue number 1252.0.55.001) was available as a coding tool designed to assist users assign the ASGC Main Structure codes to street address information. However, the NLI is no longer produced by the ABS. To replace the Localities file of the NLI, the ABS has created a Locality to SLA correspondence file for 2010. This file is available on request by contacting ABS Geography at

For the majority of localities, the locality name (suburb or town, for example) is sufficient to assign an SLA code. However, some localities have the same name. For most of these, limited additional information such as the postcode or state/territory can be used with the locality name to assign an SLA code. In addition, other localities cross one or more SLA boundaries and are referred to as split localities. For these, the more detailed information of the number and street of the person's residence is used to assign an SLA code.

If the information available on the person's address indicates that it is in a split locality but is insufficient to assign an SLA code, the code for the SLA which includes most of the split locaility should be reported.

An SLA cannot be assigned if the information about the address is insufficient to identify a locality, or the locality is not an Australian locality. In these cases, the appropriate codes should be used for either undefined SLA within Australia (state/territory unstated), undefined SLA within a stated state/territory, no fixed place of abode (within Australia or within a stated state/territory) or overseas.

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Geographical location is reported using SLA to enable accurate aggregation of information to larger areas within the ASGC (such as Statistical Subdivisions and Statistical Divisions) as well as detailed analysis at the SLA level. The use of SLA also allows analysis relating the data to information compiled by the ABS on the demographic and other characteristics of the population of each SLA. Analyses facilitated by the inclusion of SLA information include:

  • comparison of the use of services by persons residing in different geographical areas;
  • characterisation of catchment areas and populations for establishments for planning purposes; and
  • documentation of the provision of services to residents of states or territories other than the state or territory of the provider.

Source and reference attributes

Origin:Help on this termAustralian Standard Geographical Classification (Australian Bureau of Statistics catalogue number 1216.0)

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Has been superseded by Person—area of usual residence (SLA), code (ASGC 2011) NNNNN Tasmanian Health, Endorsed 30/04/2021

Supersedes Person—geographic location (SLA), code (ASGC 2009) NNNNN Community Services (retired), Superseded 20/12/2010

Has been superseded by Person—geographic location (SLA), code (ASGC 2011) NNNNN Tasmanian Health, Endorsed 30/04/2021, Community Services (retired), Standard 21/02/2012

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