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1209.0.55.002 - Mesh Blocks Digital Boundaries, Australia, 2006  
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1 Mesh Blocks (2006) Digital Boundaries, Australia (ABS Cat. No. 1209.0.55.002)


2 ABS Geography Section:



3 These digital boundaries represent Mesh Blocks which are the smallest geographical unit for which ABS data will be output. Mesh Blocks will be integrated into the ABS's statistical geography for the 2011 Census. These Mesh Blocks are currently experimental and contain basic 2006 Census data (total usual resident population and dwelling count). Mesh Blocks are identified with a unique 11 digit code.

Geographic Extent Name

4 Geographic Australia; including the external territories of Cocos (Keeling) Islands & Christmas Island but excluding all other external territories.

Data Currency
5 Beginning date: November 2004
End date: Contains updates in underlying topographic data up to August 2007.

Data Status

6 Progress: On-going
Maintenance and Update Frequency: On-going


Stored Data Format

7 Digital MapInfo files

Available Format Type

8 MapInfo mid/mif and ESRI Shapefiles

Access Constraints

9 Copyright Commonwealth of Australia administered by the ABS.



10 Mesh Blocks boundaries were created using various sources including the PSMA digital topographic datasets and ABS SLA boundaries, zoning information from state planning agencies and imagery.

Positional Accuracy

11 The PSMA topographic database to which boundaries are aligned was captured at scales which vary from 1:4,000 in urban areas to 1:250,000 in remote areas.

Attribute Accuracy

12 Mesh Block codes & labels are fully validated.

Logical Consistency

13 Spatial units are closed polygons. These data include attribute records without spatial objects for administrative purposes.


14 The 2006 Mesh Blocks are represented in their entirety.



15 Geocentric Datum of Australia 1994 (GDA94)


16 Geographical (ie latitudes and longitudes)

Metadata Date

17 February 2008

Additional Metadata

18 Reference: Information Paper: Draft Mesh Blocks, Australia (Reissue), 2005 (ABS Cat. No. 1209.0.55.001)

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