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Other Regions

What About Other Regions?

Data for other regions

The ABS provides data for a number of different types of region boundaries. Most ABS data is currently presented using the Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS). The ASGS brings all geographic classifications used by the ABS under the one umbrella. They are divided into two broad categories:

1. ABS structures, those regions which are defined and maintained by the ABS.
2. Non-ABS structures, those regions defined and maintained by other organisations, but for which the ABS releases data.

The ABS structures are a hierarchy of regions specifically developed for the release of particular ABS statistics. Mesh blocks are the basis for the larger regions of the ASGS. Non-ABS structures are approximated or built up directly from Mesh Blocks or Statistical Area Level 1s.

The regions defined in the ABS structures will not change until the next Census in 2016, although Non-ABS structures will be updated annually.

To learn more about the statistical geographic regions used by the ABS, see the Statistical Geography page.

Where to find regional data

The Regional Data in ABS Products page helps you locate regional data in ABS publications.

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