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Address—statistical area, level 3 (SA3) code (ASGS 2011) NNNNN

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termData Element
Short name:Help on this termStatistical area level 3 (SA3)
Synonymous names:Help on this termSA3
METeOR identifier:Help on this term457293
Registration status:Help on this termNational Health Performance Authority (retired), Retired 01/07/2016
Definition:Help on this termA designated region representing a standardised regional breakup of Australia, as represented by a code. The aim of SA3s is to create a standard framework for the analysis of ABS data at the regional level through clustering groups of SA2s that have similar regional characteristics.
Data Element Concept:Address—statistical area

Value domain attributes

Representational attributes

Classification scheme:Australian Statistical Geography Standard 2011
Representation class:Help on this termCode
Data type:Help on this termString
Format:Help on this termNNNNN
Maximum character length:Help on this term5

Collection and usage attributes

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SA3 coding structure:

An SA3 is identified by a 5-digit hierarchical code. This comprises a 1-digit state/territory identifier followed by a 2-digit SA4 identifier, unique within each state/territory, and a 2-digit SA3 identifier, unique within each SA4.

For example: 

State/territory SA4 SA3
N  NN NN
Comments:Help on this termSA3s are built from whole SA2s. Whole SA3s aggregate directly to SA4s in the Main Structure. SA3s do not cross state/territory borders. There are 333 SA3 spatial units. In aggregate, they cover the whole of Australia without gaps or overlaps.

Source and reference attributes

Origin:Help on this term1270.0.55.001 - 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

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