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1270.0.55.002 - Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS): Volume 2 - Indigenous Structure, July 2011  
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 20/09/2011  First Issue
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PREFACE

This publication is the second volume of a series detailing the new Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS). This publication describes the Indigenous Structure of the ASGS.

The Indigenous Structure of the ASGS provides a geographical standard for the publication of statistics about the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population of Australia. It has been designed for the purpose of disseminating Census data by spatial areas relevant to the distribution of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations. The boundaries produced for the Indigenous Structure are constructed from Statistical Areas Level 1 (SA1s).

The ASGS brings all the regions for which the ABS publishes statistics within the one framework and will be used by the ABS for the collection and dissemination of geographically classified statistics from 1 July 2011. It is the framework for understanding and interpreting the geographical context of statistics published by the ABS. The ABS also encourages the use of the ASGS by other organisations to improve the comparability and usefulness of statistics generally.

As a whole, the ASGS represents a more comprehensive, flexible and consistent way of defining Australia's statistical geography than the previous geographic classification, the Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC). For further information to assist you to move from the ASGC to the ASGS please refer to the ABS website at <http://www.abs.gov.au/geography>.

The first volume of the ASGS was released in December 2010 Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS): Volume 1 - Main Structure and Greater Capital City Statistical Areas, July 2011 (cat. no. 1270.0.55.001). The third volume of the ASGS was released in July 2011 Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS): Volume 3 - Non ABS Structures, July 2011 (cat. no. 1270.0.55.003). Future volumes will detail the: Urban Centres and Localities/Section of State and Remoteness Areas.

The digital boundaries, codes and labels for the regions described in this volume are available free of charge from the Australian Bureau of Statistics website at <http://www.abs.gov.au/geography>.

Any enquires regarding the ASGS, the Indigenous Structure or suggestions for their improvement can be made by emailing <geography@abs.gov.au> or <Indigenous.Statistics@abs.gov.au>.

Brian Pink

Australian Statistician



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