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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  
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ASGS RELATED MATERIAL AND RELEASE TIMETABLE

The ASGS and its supporting material, including maps, digital boundaries, codes, labels, hierarchies and correspondences will be released progressively from December 2010 until late 2012. All of these products will be available from the ABS website at http://www.abs.gov.au/geography.

Below is the content and timetable for these releases.


SUPPORTING MATERIAL FOR THIS VOLUME

The following supporting material is available:

  • maps of the SA4s, SA3s and SA2s in '.pdf' format
  • digital boundaries for the regions described in the publication as MapInfo Interchange Format files and ESRI Shape files
  • codes, labels and hierarchies for all the regions described in this publication in '.csv' format.


ASGS VOLUME 2: INDIGENOUS STRUCTURE

ASGS Volume 2: Indigenous Structure will be released in July 2011. It will contain a description of the regions which will make up the ASGS Indigenous Structure. These are conceptually similar to the previous Indigenous Geography published as a Census Geographic Area in 2006 and will include:
  • Indigenous Regions
  • Indigenous Areas
  • Indigenous Locations.

At the same time, the ABS will publish the following supporting material:
  • digital boundaries for the regions described in the publication as MapInfo Interchange Format files and ESRI Shape files
  • codes, labels and hierarchies for all the regions described in the publication in '.csv' format.


ASGS VOLUME 3: NON-ABS STRUCTURES

ASGS Volume 3: Non-ABS Structures will be released in July 2011. It will contain a description of the regions that make up the Non-ABS Structures. These are conceptually similar to the 2006 Census Geographic Areas. They comprise:
  • LGAs
  • Postal Areas
  • State Suburbs
  • Commonwealth Electoral Divisions
  • State Electoral Divisions
  • Australian Drainage Divisions
  • Natural Resource Management Regions
  • Tourism Regions.

LGAs will be derived using whole Mesh Blocks.

Postal Areas, State Suburbs, Commonwealth Electoral Divisions, State Electoral Divisions, National Resource Management Regions and Australian Drainage Divisions will be derived using whole SA1s. This situation is comparable to the 2006 Census Geographic Areas in which they were derived using whole Census Collection Districts (CCDs). As SA1s are generally smaller than the 2006 CCDs, these derivations will be more accurate than in the past.

Previously, Tourism Regions were not included in either the ASGC or Census Geographic Areas. They were derived using whole Statistical Local Areas (SLAs). With the introduction of the ASGS, they will be derived using whole SA2s.

At the same time, the ABS will publish the following supporting material:
  • digital boundaries for the regions described in the publication as MapInfo Interchange Format files and ESRI Shape files
  • codes, labels and hierarchies for all the regions described in the publication in '.csv' format.


ASGS VOLUME 4: SIGNIFICANT URBAN AREAS, URBAN CENTRES AND LOCALITIES/SECTION OF STATE

ASGS Volume 4: Significant Urban Areas and Urban Centres and Localities/ Section of State will be released in October 2012. It will contain a description of the regions which will make up the ASGS Significant Urban Areas, Urban Centre and Localities/Section of State structures.

The Significant Urban Areas structure will define Australia's towns and cities with a population of 10,000 or over. They will replace the ASGC Statistical Districts which defined regional towns and cities with a population over 25,000.

The Urban Centres and Localities/Section of State structures will be conceptually similar to their 2006 ASGC counterparts, but combined into a single hierarchy. SA1s rather than CCDs will be used to define these regions in 2011.

At the same time, the ABS will publish the following supporting material:
  • digital boundaries for the regions described in the publication as MapInfo Interchange Format files and ESRI Shape files
  • codes, labels and hierarchies for all the regions described in the publication in '.csv' format.


ASGS VOLUME 5: REMOTENESS STRUCTURE

ASGS Volume 5: Remoteness Structure will be released in late 2012. It will contain a description of the regions that will make up the ASGS Remoteness Structure. These will be conceptually similar to the 2006 ASGC Remoteness Structure, using the updated version of Accessibility/Remoteness Index of Australia (ARIA) maintained by the National Centre for Social Applications of GIS (GISCA) at the University of Adelaide, but applied to SA1s rather than CCDs.

At the same time, the ABS will publish the following supporting material:
  • digital boundaries for the regions described in the publication as MapInfo Interchange Format files and ESRI Shape files
  • codes, labels and hierarchies for all the regions described in the publication in '.csv' format.


CORRESPONDENCES (CONCORDANCES)

The ABS will develop a suite of correspondences between the ASGS and ASGC and the ABS Structures and Non-ABS Structures of the ASGS. These will be developed progressively from the first release of data from the 2011 Population Census in June 2012. There are a large number of potential correspondences that could be generated, so only the most widely used and reliable will be available on the ABS website. Less widely used or problematical correspondences will also be available by emailing geography@abs.gov.au.

The new series of ABS Correspondences will be Mesh Block based. This will mean they will be simpler and more accurate than correspondences derived from earlier Census data. They will be available weighted by either area or population.

FURTHER INFORMATION

For further information, please email geography@abs.gov.au or follow the link to the ABS Geography web portal at http://www.abs.gov.au/geography.


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