Australian Bureau of Statistics
1216.0 - Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC), 2001
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 28/09/2001
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The first edition of the ASGC had an effective date of 5 July 1984 and adopted the geographical areas already in use in the ABS for some time prior to that date. In 1988, the ASGC underwent a review and most of the findings were incorporated into the 1991 edition of the ASGC. A further review of the ASGC commenced in early 1996 and was completed in 1997. This review did not result in any changes to the ASGC spatial units or their delimitation criteria. However a decision was made to review the existing capital city SDs, and S Dists, to ensure they will meet statistical requirements for at least the next twenty years. Sections of State were also reviewed to determine additional classes for the Urban Centres. The outcomes of these reviews have been implemented in this ASGC 2001 Edition.
Changes in spatial units are often, though not always, accompanied by changes to the spatial unit codes. Therefore it is important when referencing spatial units in publications or tabulations, to quote the ASGC edition as well as the names and codes of these units. The main causes of spatial unit code changes between ASGC editions are:
Coordination of ASGC maintenance
Maintenance of the ASGC and ASGC-related material and products is shared by a number of projects within the ABS Central and State Offices. It is coordinated by Geography Section which also has responsibility for the ASGC manual and the National Localities Index (Chapter 12), as well as providing assistance to users.
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