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1270.0.55.001 - Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS): Volume 1 - Main Structure and Greater Capital City Statistical Areas, July 2011  
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 23/12/2010  First Issue
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The product Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS) Volume 1 - Main Structure and Greater Capital City Statistical Areas (cat no. 1270.0.55.001) contains comma-separated value (.csv) files. These files list the codes, labels and hierarchies for all the regions within the Main Structure and Greater Capital City Statistical Areas.

There are fifteen .csv files listing the geographical hierarchies for each of the following regions:

  • Mesh Blocks (MB)
  • Statistical Area Level 1 (SA1)
  • Statistical Area Level 2 (SA2)
  • Statistical Area Level 3 (SA3)
  • Statistical Area Level 4 (SA4)
  • Greater Capital City Statistical Areas (GCCSA)
  • State and Territory (S/T).

The hierarchy is listed from the lowest level of the ASGS up.

The MB .csv files are broken up by State/Territory whereas all other files are for the whole of Australia.


For example MB_2011_NSW.csv contains all MBs within NSW and includes the following fields:
  • MB_CODE_2011
  • MB_CATEGORY_2011
  • SA1_MAINCODE_2011
  • SA1_7DIGITCODE_2011
  • SA2_MAINCODE_2011
  • SA2_5DIGITCODE_2011
  • SA2_NAME_2011
  • SA3_CODE_2011
  • SA3_NAME_2011
  • SA4_CODE_2011
  • SA4_NAME_2011
  • GCCSA_CODE_2011
  • GCCSA_NAME_2011
  • STATE_CODE_2011
  • STATE_NAME_2011

This lists the MBs that make up the SA1s, SA2s, SA3s, SA4s, GCCSAs and State. It also gives the area in square metres of the MB, based on Albers Conic Equal Area projection.

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