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Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC)


The Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC) was developed by the ABS for the collection and dissemination of geographic statistics. It is a hierarchically structured classification with a number of spatial units to satisfy different statistical purposes.


The ASGC areas used for the Census are:

    • Mesh Block (MB)
    • Collection District (CD)
    • Statistical Local Area (SLA)
    • Local Government Area (LGA)
    • Remoteness Area (RA)
    • Statistical Subdivision (SSD)
    • Statistical Division (SD)
    • Statistical District (S Dist)
    • Statistical Region (SR)
    • Major Statistical Region (MSR)
    • Urban Centre/Locality (UC/L)
    • Section of State (SOS)
    • State/Territory

There is a separate entry in this dictionary defining each of these geographical areas.


The ASGC facilitates the standardisation of terminology and comparability of data.


Census data are also available for non-ASGC areas. For example, Postal Area and Electoral Division. For a list of relevant areas, see the entry 'Census Geographic Areas'.


For more information see:

    • Statistical Geography Volume 1: Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC) 2006 (cat. no. 1216.0)
    • Statistical Geography Volume 2: Census Geographic Areas, Australia (cat. no. 2905.0)
    • Statistical Geography Volume 3: Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC) Urban Centres/Localities (cat. no. 2909.0)

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