1216.0.55.003 - Australian Statistical Geography Standard: Design of the Statistical Areas Level 4, Capital Cities and Statistical Areas Level 3, May 2010  
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While the new regions will give a better platform for the analysis of time series into the future, it will also create a break in time series, particularly for Regional and Labour Force statistics.

The ABS will respond to this issue in several ways.

      1. Census Data will be available on both the ASGS and ASGC regions in 2011, with the exception of census collection districts.
      2. It is possible to recast historical Labour Force statistics on to the new SA4s. The ABS will consult with stakeholders on the most appropriate way of achieving this.
      3. Some historic demographic data will be recast on to the ASGS regions.
      4. The ABS will create a series of population and area based concordances between the Labour Force Regions, ASGC regions and the new ASGS regions.
      5. Preserving the ASGC statistical divisions was a criteria in the design of the SA2 level of the ASGC. It is therefore possible to reconstruct data for statistical divisions from SA2 data released under the ASGS.