PROGRESS OF THE REVIEW
The first phase of the review includes all aspects of the ASGC except definitions of Rural, Urban, and Remoteness. The definitions of rural and urban will be the subject of a second phase of the review to be carried out through 2008.
In late 2006 the ABS convened the ASGC Review Committee, a panel of internal and external experts to guide the review and generate ideas. In the first half of 2007 there was a round of consultation with key stakeholders, including presentations and visits to all the states and territories.
The result of this first round was an information paper: Review of the Australian Standard Geographical Classification (cat. no. 1216.0.55.001) released on 16 August 2007 and available free from the ABS web site. This paper is the basis of a second round of consultation due to be completed in early October 2007.
The proposal that emerges from the second round of consultation will be put to ABS management in late 2007. If this proposal is accepted, then work will begin in 2008 on defining the various regions, their codes and labels with further stakeholder consultation.
The ASGC will continue to be published until at least 2010. The ASG will be published in late 2009 or early 2010. The ASGC and ASG will run in parallel through 2010. 2006 Census data will be released on the ASG. The ABS intends to move to the ASG for the 2011 Census, although it is possible that some parts of the ASGC will still be used for the release of 2011 Census data.
For a more complete discussion of the review and the proposed Australian Statistical Geography please refer to this paper which is available free from the ABS web site.