Australian Bureau of Statistics
1270.0.55.001 - Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS): Volume 1 - Main Structure and Greater Capital City Statistical Areas, July 2011
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 23/12/2010 First Issue
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Where possible, changes will be accommodated by simple splits of existing Mesh Blocks.
A draft set of revised Mesh Block boundaries will be published before the 2016 Census, for stakeholder comment.
The ABS will publish the ABS Structures at each Census. Between Population Censuses, the ABS will consult with stakeholders on their conceptual basis and usefulness.
Main Structure and GCCSA
A draft revised set of Main Structure boundaries will be published, before the 2016 Census, for stakeholder comment. The revised boundaries will be available in late 2015 or early 2016 with a date of effect of the 1 July 2016.
The following principles will be applied to any redesign of the Main Structure and GCCSAs:
SAs 1-4 will not necessarily be changed to reflect changes in administrative boundaries.
Other ABS Structures
The conceptual basis of Indigenous Structure, Remoteness Areas, Urban Centres and Localities/Section of State and Significant Urban Areas will be reviewed prior to the 2016 Census of Population and Housing.
The revised Indigenous Structure digital boundaries, codes and labels will be published prior to the release of data from the 2016 Population of Census and Housing.
Non-ABS Structures will be reviewed annually to accommodate any hierarchy or boundary changes. The ABS will publish supporting documentation, tables and correspondences between the Non-ABS Structure and relevant regions of the ASGS.
Generally, the revised structure will come into effect on 1 July each year. This may be brought forward for boundaries with critical stakeholder needs.
New ABS and Non-ABS Structures can be added to the ASGS at any time provided they meet the following criteria:
The process for introducing a new structure into the ASGS is:
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