Australian Bureau of Statistics
2901.0 - Census Dictionary, 2011
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Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC)
The Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC) is being progressively replaced by the Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS). Statistics from the 2011 Census will be released using the ASGS. For 2011, time series data will be available at the Statistical Local Area (SLA). Correspondence files will be available from the ABS website to aggregate the SLA to other areas of the ASGC.
Statistical Local Area (SLA)
The Statistical Local Area (SLA) is an Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC) defined area. SLAs are Local Government Areas (LGAs) or part thereof. SLAs are also defined for unincorporated areas, those areas for which LGAs are not defined. They therefore cover the whole of Australia without gaps or overlaps.
Statistical Local Areas have been made available in 2011 to provide a bridging unit between the ASGC and the ASGS. As of 1 July 2011, the ASGS will progressively replace the ASGC as the standard geographical framework for ABS data. The ASGC will formally cease to be an ABS standard from the 1 July 2012, but it will not be replaced entirely by the ASGS until 2014 in all ABS collections.
For more information, please refer to Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC) (cat. no. 1216.0).
See also Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS).
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