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Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC)

The Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC) was used from 1984 to 2011 by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) for the collection and dissemination of geographically classified statistics. The ASGC provided a common framework of statistical geography which enabled the production of statistics that were comparable and could be spatially integrated.

The 2011 edition of the ASGC was the last. From 2011 onwards the ABS has adopted a new statistical geography classification called the Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS). For information please see the Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS) web page.

An ASGS Implementation Schedule for ABS Publications web page explains the transition plans from the ASGC to the ASGS for significant ABS publications.

Since 1984, the ASGC was updated and released annually as the Statistical Local Areas (SLA) were changed to reflect changes in gazetted Local Government Areas (LGA) as proclaimed by State and Territory government authorities. The ASGC provided seven hierarchies of geographical areas. Each structure was designed to suit different statistical purposes. The various ASGC structures are depicted in the ASGC STRUCTURAL CHART.

A suite of ASGC publications were annually released by the ABS: the ASGC manual, digital boundaries, correspondences, and electronic structures.

The 2011 Final Editions of the ASGC are listed below.

Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC) publicationRelease date
1216.0 - Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC), July 20115 October 2011
1216.0.15.001 - Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC) - Electronic Structures, July 201114 July 2011
1216.0.15.002 - Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC) Correspondences, July 201114 July 2011
1259.0.30.001 - Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC) Digital Boundaries, Australia, July 201114 July 2011

For a full list of all ABS Geography publications please click on the following link:

ABS Geography Publications

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