Digital Boundaries
 

The Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS) digital boundaries are available under the 'Downloads' tab of each ASGS publication.

Earlier versions of digital boundaries can be found under the ‘Past and Future Releases’ tab. See below for a full breakdown of the boundaries that are included in each ASGS volume.

Volume 1 – Main Structure and Greater Capital City Statistical Areas

    • Mesh Blocks (MB)
    • Statistical Areas 1, 2, 3 and 4 (SA1, SA2, SA3, SA4)
    • Greater Capital City Statistical Areas (GCCSA)

Volume 2 – Indigenous Structure
    • Indigenous Locations (ILOC)
    • Indigenous Areas (IARE)
    • Indigenous Regions (IREG)

Volume 3 – Non ABS Structures
    • Local Government Areas (LGA)
    • Postal Areas (POA)
    • State Suburbs (SSC)
    • Australian Drainage Divisions (ADD)
    • Natural Resource Management Regions (NRMR)
    • Commonwealth Electoral Divisions (CED)
    • State Electoral Divisions (SED)
    • Tourism Regions (TR)

Volume 4 – Significant Urban Areas, Urban Centres and Localities, Section of State
    • Significant Urban Areas (SUA)
    • Urban Centres and Localities (UCL)
    • Section of State (SOS)
    • Section of State Ranges (SOSR)

Volume 5 – Remoteness Structure
    • Remoteness Areas (RA)

Census of Population and Housing Destination Zones
    • Destination Zones (DZN)

These digital boundaries are available in a range of file types including ESRI Shapefile and Geopackage formats.

ASGS and Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC) boundaries are now also available on data.gov.au. Search for ‘ABS’, the year, and ‘Boundaries’. For example ABS 2016 Boundaries.

Digital boundaries can be viewed and compared using our online mapping tool ABS Maps.

The ABS also provides Geospatial Web Services which facilitate the use of the ASGS by computer applications. They provide a series of methods to support machine-to-machine interactions of geospatial data and functions. To access the available web services and to find more information about these products, please view the ABS Geospatial Web Services User Guide, 2015.