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Person—geographic remoteness, classification (ASGC-RA) N

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Short name:Help on this termGeographic remoteness
Synonymous names:Help on this termGeographic remoteness of person
METeOR identifier:Help on this term489826
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Proposed 15/01/2014
Disability, Standard 13/08/2015
Community Services (retired), Standard 10/04/2013
Definition:Help on this termThe remoteness of a location at which a person lives, based on the physical road distance to the nearest urban centre and its population size, as represented by a code.

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Data element concept:Person—geographic remoteness
METeOR identifier:Help on this term422452
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Superseded 06/09/2018
Commonwealth Department of Health, Standard 17/12/2015
Disability, Standard 13/08/2015
Community Services (retired), Standard 10/04/2013
Definition:Help on this termThe remoteness of a location at which a person lives, based on the physical road distance to the nearest urban centre and its population size.
Object class:Help on this termPerson
Property:Help on this termGeographic remoteness

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Value domain:Remoteness classification (ASGC-RA) N
METeOR identifier:Help on this term466873
Registration status:Help on this termHousing assistance, Standard 01/05/2013
Health, Superseded 21/11/2013
Disability, Standard 13/08/2015
Community Services (retired), Standard 10/04/2013
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Australian Standard Geographical Classification-Remoteness Area (ASGC-RA) is a geographical classification which defines locations in terms of remoteness, i.e. the physical distance of a location from the nearest Urban Centre.

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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 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 population centre 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 Geography portal on the ABS website.

Information in relation to how ARIA+ scores are calculated for physical locations is available from the National Centre for Social Applications of Geographic Information Systems (GISCA) website.

Classification Scheme:Australian Standard Geographical Classification 2010

Representational attributes

Representation class:Help on this termCode
Data type:Help on this termString
Format:Help on this termN
Maximum character length:Help on this term1
Permissible values:Help on this term
ValueMeaning
1Major cities of Australia
2Inner regional Australia
3Outer regional Australia
4Remote Australia
5Very remote Australia
6Migratory
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9Not stated/inadequately described

Collection and usage attributes

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CODE 1     Major cities of Australia

'Major cities of Australia' includes Census Collection Districts (CDs) with an average Accessibility/Remoteness Index of Australia (ARIA+) index value of 0 to 0.2.

CODE 2     Inner regional Australia

'Inner regional Australia' includes CDs with an average ARIA+ index value greater than 0.2 and less than or equal to 2.4.

CODE 3     Outer regional Australia

'Outer regional Australia' includes CDs with an average ARIA+ index value greater than 2.4 and less than or equal to 5.92.

CODE 4     Remote Australia

'Remote Australia' includes CDs with an average ARIA+ index value greater than 5.92 and less than or equal to 10.53.

CODE 5     Very remote Australia

'Very remote Australia' includes CDs with an average ARIA+ index value greater than 10.53.

CODE 6     Migratory

'Migratory' is composed of off-shore, shipping and migratory CDs.

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In this value domain, physical distance is defined in terms of ARIA+ codes, rather than a simple linear distance between points.

The list of permissible values for this value domain, i.e. codes 1 to 6, is intended to be directly mappable to the values used by the ABS to describe remoteness areas, i.e. codes 0 to 5.

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In its initial form, as developed by GISCA and the then Department of Health and Aged Care in 1999, ARIA scores ranged from 0 to 12 and were based on proximity to 4 points of reference.

A new version, ARIA+, was introduced in 2003, with ARIA+ scores now based on proximity to 5 points of reference. Also, changes were made to allow for more accurate estimation of the cost of travelling from Tasmania to the mainland, and to increase accuracy for locations at the urban fringe.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this termAustralian Institute of Health and Welfare
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Information relating to remoteness is available from the Geography portal on the ABS website:

Australian Bureau of Statistics 2011. ABS Geography. Viewed 14 November 2011,

http://www.abs.gov.au/websitedbs/D3310114.nsf/home/Geography

Information relating to the development of the ARIA and ARIA+ scores by the National Centre for Social Applications of Geographic Information Systems (GISCA) is available from the GISCA website:

National Centre for Social Applications of Geographic Information Systems 2011. ARIA - Accessibility/Remoteness Index of Australia. Viewed 14 November 2011,
http://gisca.adelaide.edu.au/projects/aria_project.html

Data element attributes

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The remoteness classification of an entity can be derived using characteristics of its physical location, e.g. its postcode or other address details.

The remoteness classification (RA1 to RA5) can be found by entering the postcode or other address details of the person's residence into the Department of Health and Ageing's Remoteness area locator, available on the DoctorConnect website. The website can be accessed via the following link:

<http://www.doctorconnect.gov.au/internet/otd/Publishing.nsf/Content/locator

Source and reference attributes

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

Department of Health and Ageing 2012. DoctorConnect. Viewed 23 February 2012.

<http://www.doctorconnect.gov.au/internet/otd/Publishing.nsf/Content/locator>

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Disability services client details cluster Disability, Standard 13/08/2015
Community Services (retired), Standard 10/04/2013

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