2911.0.55.002 - Discussion Paper: Census of Population and Housing - ABS Views on 2011 Census Output Geography, 2011  
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COMPARISON BETWEEN NEW AND OLD OUTPUT GEOGRAPHY

The following diagram compares the main structures of both the new and old geographies, as well as the number of spatial units at each level:


2011 Census (ASGS)
2006 Census (ASGC)
Australia
Australia
State/Territory
(9)
State/Territory
(9)
Statistical Area Level 4
(80)
Statistical Division
(69)
Statistical Area Level 3
(220)
Statistical Subdivision
(217)
Statistical Area Level 2
(2,200)
Statistical Local Area
(1,426)
Statistical Area Level 1
(55,000)
Collection District
(38,704)

Note: the number of SA1s, SA2s, SA3s and SA4s are a provisional estimate only.

The above diagram shows that use of the ASGS will result in an improvement in the geographical resolution of the standard output available from the Census.