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Changes to the Survey of Tourist Accommodation
Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS)


Small Area Data results from the June quarter 2013 Tourist Accommodation, Small Area Data, Australia, June 2013 (cat. no. 8635.0.55.002) were released on 26 September 2013.
Results for June quarter 2013, Tourist Accommodation, Australia (cat no 8635.0) were released on 26 September 2013.
The Tourism Region Maps and Correspondence File, Australia, 2013 (cat no: 9503.0.55.001) were released on 26 August 2013.
The Australian National Accounts: Tourism Satellite Account (cat. no. 5249.0) for 2011-12 was released on the 26 April 2013.


The release of June quarter 2013 data is the last of the quarterly data collection and release activities for the Survey of Tourist Accommodation (STA). From 1 July 2013 the collection frequency of the STA moved from quarterly to annual, on a financial year basis. The next release of STA data will be on 19 December 2014 and will include the four quarters of the 2013-14 financial year, that is September quarter 2013, December quarter 2013, March quarter 2014 and June quarter 2014.

The annual STA data release will incorporate the current ten separate product releases into one release. All data from the STA will be accessible through Tourist Accommodation, Australia (cat. no. 8635.0). The current individual state and territory releases will be discontinued. The annual release will continue to contain monthly and quarterly data by type of establishment and star rating. Data will continue to be available for each state/territory and Australia, and by Tourism Region and Statistical Area Level 2.

In moving to annual data collection, the collection of 'persons employed' and 'guest arrivals' data has been ceased. This will result in the three data items of 'persons employed', 'guest arrivals' and 'average length of stay' (as guest arrivals are required to derive this item) no longer being available from the STA and therefore not included in future releases. The data items of 'guest nights available' and 'room nights available' which were previously available on a consultancy only basis will be incorporated into the annual STA release.

Further information about the changes to the Survey of Tourist Accommodation please refer to Information Paper: Changes to the Survey of Tourist Accommodation, Released on 1 October 2013 (cat no 8635.0.55.003)


In 2011, the ABS replaced the Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC) with the new Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS) as its geographic framework. The ASGS became the geographical framework for the Survey of Tourist Accommodation (STA) from the March quarter 2012.

The changes resulting from the move to ASGS are:
  • Small area data is produced at Statistical Area Level 2 (SA2), replacing Statistical Local Areas (SLA).
  • Tourism Regions (TRs) are constructed from allocations of SA2s and as a result have changed. For some TRs, these changes are minimal.
  • Data for Local Government Areas (LGAs) and Special area - Brisbane City Core are no longer produced.

Tourism region maps and correspondence file based on the ASGS are available in cat. no. 9503.0.55.001 Tourism Region Maps and Correspondence File, Australia, 2012. Further information about the ASGS can be found at and in cat. no. 1270.0.55.003 Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS): Volume 3 - Non ABS Structures, July 2012.

From March quarter 2012, the Small Area Data contained data on both the ASGS and ASGC geographic framework to assist users transition to the new geography. The December quarter 2012 publication was the final release that contained data on the ASGC geographic framework.

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