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1216.0 - Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC), 2001  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 28/09/2001   
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Contents >> 8. Remoteness Structure >> Purpose and structure


The final structure listed in the ASGC is the Remoteness Structure (see diagram 3, Chapter 1). This is the first edition of the ASGC to include a structure describing Australia in terms of a measurement of Remoteness. The Remoteness Structure includes all CDs and therefore, in aggregate, it covers the whole of Australia (as defined in Chapter 1). The purpose of the structure is to classify CDs which share common characteristics of remoteness into broad geographical regions called Remoteness Areas (RAs).

There are six RAs in this structure.

The Remoteness Structure will be used for the production of standard ABS statistical outputs from Population Censuses and some ABS surveys.

The Remoteness Structure will be maintained as a separate structure in the ASGC because the spatial units (RAs) do not align with those from any of the other structures.


The Remoteness Structure is defined only in census years, commencing with the census year 2001. It contains three hierarchical levels, comprising in ascending order: CDs-RAs-S/Ts.

In this structure, CDs aggregate to RAs and RAs aggregate to S/Ts without gaps or overlaps. Consequently the structure covers all of Australia.


The Remoteness Structure for the 2001 Census is shown in Chapter 13:

  • Remoteness Structure: States/Territories, Remoteness Areas (showing only the top two levels of the hierarchy: S/T-RA)


    New South Wales
    Major Cities of Australia
    Inner Regional Australia
    Outer Regional Australia
    Remote Australia
    Very Remote Australia

Listings of component CDs of the Remoteness Areas, for the census year 2001, will be available from the ABS as a Customised Geographic Data Report.

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