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Australian Statistical Geography Standard 2011

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Metadata item type:Help on this termClassification Scheme
Synonymous names:Help on this termASGS 2011
METeOR identifier:Help on this term437772
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Superseded 06/12/2016
Early Childhood, Superseded 24/07/2018
Tasmanian Health, Archived 27/06/2017
Independent Hospital Pricing Authority, Standard 01/11/2012
Commonwealth Department of Health, Standard 16/10/2015
Disability, Standard 13/08/2015
Children and Families, Standard 22/11/2016
Community Services (retired), Standard 06/12/2011
ACT Health, Final 09/08/2018
Definition:Help on this termThe Australian Bureau of Statistics framework for statistical geography. The main purpose of the Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS) is the dissemination of geographically classified statistics. It provides a common framework of statistical geography which enables the publication of statistics that are comparable and spatially integrated.
Context:Help on this termFrom July 2011, the ABS will progressively replace the current Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC) with the Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS) as its geographical framework.
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The ASGS classification structures are split into two broads 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 Census of Population and Housing in 2016.

The ABS Structures are built directly from mesh blocks. Non-ABS Structures are approximated by mesh blocks, the Statistical Areas Level 1 (SA1s), or the Statistical Areas Level 2 (SA2s).

The ABS Structures comprise six interrelated hierarchies of regions. They are:

  • Main Structure
  • Indigenous Structure
  • Urban Centres and Localities/Section of State Structure
  • Remoteness Area Structure
  • Greater Capital City Statistical Area (GCCSA) Structure
  • Significant Urban Area Structure.

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:

  • Local Government Areas (LGAs)
  • Postal Areas
  • State Suburbs
  • Commonwealth Electoral Divisions
  • State Electoral Divisions
  • Australian Drainage Divisions
  • Natural Resource Management Regions
  • Tourism Regions.

Source and reference attributes

Origin:Help on this term

Australian Bureau of Statistics 2011. 1270.0.55.001 - Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS): Volume 1 - Main Structure and Greater Capital City Statistical Areas, July 2011 http://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/abs@.nsf/DetailsPage/
1270.0.55.001July%202011?OpenDocument

Canberra: ABS. Viewed on 15/07/2011.

Relational attributes

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Has been superseded by Australian Statistical Geography Standard 2016 Health, Standard 06/12/2016, Early Childhood, Standard 24/07/2018, Tasmanian Health, Endorsed 27/06/2017, Children and Families, Standardisation pending 23/02/2017, Commonwealth Department of Social Services, Standard 20/06/2018, ACT Health, Final 19/07/2018

Value Domains based on this classification scheme:Help on this term

Admitted patient care remoteness classification (ASGS-RA) N Health, Superseded 06/09/2018
ACT Health, Final 09/08/2018

Medicare remoteness classification (ASGS-RA) N Commonwealth Department of Health, Standard 14/10/2015

Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) remoteness classification (ASGS-RA) X Commonwealth Department of Health, Standard 17/12/2015

Remoteness classification (ASGS-RA) N Health, Superseded 06/09/2018

Statistical area level 1 (SA1) code (ASGS 2011) N(11) Health, Superseded 06/12/2016
Early Childhood, Superseded 24/07/2018
Community Services (retired), Standard 06/12/2011

Statistical area level 2 (SA2) code (ASGS 2011) N(9) Health, Superseded 06/12/2016
Early Childhood, Superseded 24/07/2018
Tasmanian Health, Archived 27/06/2017
WA Health, Endorsed 19/03/2015
Independent Hospital Pricing Authority, Standard 01/11/2012
Disability, Standard 13/08/2015
Children and Families, Standard 22/11/2016
Community Services (retired), Standard 06/12/2011

Statistical area level 3 (SA3) code (ASGS 2011) NNNNN National Health Performance Authority (retired), Retired 01/07/2016

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