1270.0.55.003 - Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS): Volume 3 - Non ABS Structures, July 2018  
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This product releases updates to the Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS) Non-ABS Structure regions that have changed since 1 July 2017. Changes have occurred in the Local Government Areas (LGAs), Commonwealth Electoral Divisions (CEDs) and State Electoral Divisions (SEDs) since the 2017 release of the 2017 Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS) Non ABS Structure regions.

The Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS) brings together in one framework all of the regions which the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) and many other organisations use to collect, release and analyse geographically classified statistics. The ASGS ensures that these statistics are comparable and geospatially integrated. The ABS encourages the use of the ASGS by other organisations for the publication and analysis of statistical and other data. This broad use of the ASGS improves the comparability and usefulness of statistics generally.

The Non ABS Structures bring together those regions that are not defined by the ABS, but which are important to users of ABS statistics. The ABS is committed to providing a range of statistics for these areas. They generally represent administrative regions and are approximated by Mesh Blocks (MB), Statistical Areas Level 1 (SA1) or Statistical Areas Level 2 (SA2).

As the Non ABS Structures represent regions that are subject to ongoing change, in July each year the ABS releases a revised publication for the ASGS Non ABS Structures that are subject to significant change. This ensures that ABS statistics can be made available on up to date versions of these boundaries.

This update to the Local Government Areas (LGAs), Commonwealth Electoral Divisions (CEDs) and State Electoral Divisions (SEDs) in the ASGS Non ABS Structures contains allocation files showing the relationship between the 2016 MBs or SA1s and the new region definitions. This update also includes updated codes and labels for regions that have changed since the last edition. This information allows users to allocate 2016 Census and other data to the new region definitions. Revised ABS versions of the digital boundaries are also included for these new region definitions.

Due to the timing of the Commonwealth Electoral redistributions in Victoria, South Australia and the ACT, the updated CED boundaries, allocation files, TableBuilder recodes and correspondences will be added to this publication as soon as possible after these changes have been gazetted. These will be made available in late August 2018. This update will include the already confirmed gazetted changes that have occurred in Queensland and Tasmania.

To enable TableBuilder users to access 2016 Census data using the latest LGA, CED and SED boundaries, Census TableBuilder Recode files will be made available in late August 2018 on the Downloads tab of this publication. For more information on how to use recodes, see the Custom Data section of the TableBuilder User Guide. Recodes that can be used with 2011 Census TableBuilder data are available for 2016 Commonwealth Electoral Divisions and 2012 Commonwealth Electoral Divisions.

The ABS will move to delivering the ASGS boundary data using open data formats from 2019. We will continue to provide the ASGS in Shapefile and Geopackage file formats, however we will be discontinuing MapInfo Tab and Mid/Mif file formats. While we won't be producing Tab and Mid/Mif formats anymore, both Shapefile and Geopackage formats can be used with Mapinfo software.

For support and further information about the ASGS and other ABS geospatial products see www.abs.gov.au/geography.