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Where possible, changes will be accommodated by simple splits of existing Mesh Blocks.
The ABS will publish the ABS Structures with each new ASGS edition. Between ASGS editions, the ABS will monitor and assess feedback on their conceptual basis and usefulness.
Main Structure and Greater Capital City Statistical Area (GCCSA)
The following principles will be applied to any redesign of the Main Structure and GCCSAs:
Statistical Area Level 1 to Statistical Area Level 4 will not necessarily be changed to reflect changes in administrative boundaries, such as Local Government Areas or Postcodes.
Other ABS Structures
Feedback on the conceptual basis of Indigenous Structure, Remoteness Areas, Urban Centres and Localities/Section of State and Significant Urban Areas will be monitored and assessed prior to the 2016 Census of Population and Housing. A substantial review of the Indigenous Structure is anticipated prior to the release of the next edition of the ASGS.
NON ABS STRUCTURES
Non ABS Structures will be reviewed annually to accommodate any hierarchy or boundary changes. The ABS will provide 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 structures with critical stakeholder needs or for those which undergo substantial change.
New ABS and Non ABS Structures can be considered for inclusion into the ASGS if they meet the following criteria:
The process for introducing a new structure into the ASGS is:
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