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Australian Statistical Geography Standard 2016

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Metadata item type:Help on this termClassification Scheme
Synonymous names:Help on this termASGS 2016
METeOR identifier:Help on this term659352
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, 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
Definition:Help on this term

The Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS) is the geographical framework defined by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) for disseminating geographically classified statistics.

Context:Help on this term

The ASGS provides a common framework of statistical geography that enables the publication of statistics that are comparable and geospatially integrated. It provides users with a coherent set of standard regions so that they can access, visualise, analyse and understand statistics.

Classification structure:Help on this term

The ASGS is a hierarchical framework of regions. Its 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 anticipated edition of the ASGS in 2021, which is timed for use in the next anticipated Census of Population and Housing in 2021.

The ABS Structures are built directly from mesh blocks. Non-ABS Structures are approximated by either Mesh Blocks, the Statistical Areas Level 1 (SA1), or the Statistical Areas Level 2 (SA2).

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

  • Main Structure
  • Indigenous Structure
  • Urban Centres and Localities/Section of State Structure
  • Remoteness 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

Submitting organisation:Help on this term

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Origin:Help on this term

Australian Bureau of Statistics 2016. Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS): Volume 1 - Main Structure and Greater Capital City Statistical Areas July 2016. ABS cat. no. 1270.0.55.001. Canberra: ABS.

Revision status:Help on this term

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.

Relational attributes

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Supersedes Australian Statistical Geography Standard 2011 Health, 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

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

Admitted patient care remoteness classification (ASGS-RA) N Health, Standard 06/09/2018

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

Statistical area level 1 (SA1) code (ASGS 2016) N(11) Health, Standard 06/12/2016
Early Childhood, Standard 24/07/2018
Commonwealth Department of Social Services, Standardisation pending 04/01/2017

Statistical area level 2 (SA2) code (ASGS 2016) N(9) Health, Standard 06/12/2016
Early Childhood, Standard 24/07/2018
Tasmanian Health, Endorsed 27/06/2017
Children and Families, Standardisation pending 24/02/2017
ACT Health, Final 19/07/2018

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