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Why are some Census data in DataPacks not mappable?

DataPacks are designed to be used with mapping (GIS) software. Some Census data are not suitable for mapping.

Data for shipping, off-shore and migratory are not mappable:
  • Shipping geographies contain data for people who were enumerated aboard ship in Australian waters. This includes commercial cargo vessels, passenger liners, ocean going passenger/car ferries, and dredges. People enumerated on board commercial vessels between Australian ports were also attributed to Shipping SA1s. Foreign crews on ships were excluded from the Census.
  • Off-shore geographies contain data for people who were enumerated on off-shore oil rigs, drilling platforms and the like. There is one Off-shore SA1 for each state and the Northern Territory. Census data from respondents who completed their Census forms in the Australian Antarctic Territory were coded to an additional Off-shore SA1 in Tasmania.
  • Migratory geographies contain data for people who were enumerated on an overnight journey by train or bus. There is one Migratory SA1 for each state and the Northern Territory.

No usual address

'No usual address' is applicable to community profiles that are based on 'Place of usual residence' – that is, the Basic Community Profile, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples (Indigenous) Profile and the Expanded Community Profile.
'No usual address' is not applicable to Place of Enumeration Profile and the Time Series Profile because these profiles are based on 'Place of enumeration'.

The category 'No usual address' is not mappable.

Number of mappable and non-mappable areas, Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS)

Note that 'non-mappable areas' comprises records for 'Migratory, Off-shore and Shipping' and 'No usual address'.

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Number of Mappable and Non mappable (a) areasABS Structures
Type of geographic area
NSW
Vic.
Qld
SA
WA
Tas.
NT
ACT
OT (b)
Aust.
State/TerritoryMappable
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
9
Greater Capital City Statistical AreaMappable
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
1
1
16
Non mappable
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
18
Total
4
4
4
4
4
4
4
3
3
34
Statistical Area Level 4Mappable
28
17
19
7
9
4
2
1
1
88
Non mappable
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
18
Total
30
19
21
9
11
6
4
3
3
106
Statistical Area Level 3Mappable
91
65
80
28
33
15
9
9
3
333
Non mappable
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
18
Total
93
67
82
30
35
17
11
11
5
351
Statistical Area Level 2Mappable
538
433
526
170
250
98
68
110
3
2 196
Non mappable
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
18
Total
540
435
528
172
252
100
70
112
5
2 214
Statistical Area Level 1Mappable
17 891
13 335
11 039
4 087
5 508
1 445
537
918
12
54 772
Non mappable
4
4
4
4
4
5
4
2
2
33
Total
17 895
13 339
11 043
4 091
5 512
1 450
541
920
14
54 805
Indigenous RegionMappable
7
2
8
3
8
1
7
1
2
39
Non mappable
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
18
Total
9
4
10
5
10
3
9
3
4
57
Indigenous Area Mappable
107
39
85
32
69
11
62
3
3
411
Non mappable
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
18
Total
109
41
87
34
71
13
64
5
5
429
Indigenous LocationMappable
291
89
189
87
213
34
185
6
4
1 098
Non mappable
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
18
Total
293
91
191
89
215
36
187
8
6
1 116
Urban Centre/LocalityMappable (c)
538
351
413
168
176
100
67
3
5
1821
Non mappable
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
18
Total (c)
540
353
415
170
178
102
69
5
7
1839
Significant Urban AreaMappable (c) (d)
40
24
19
9
11
6
3
2
1
110
Non mappable
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
Total (c) (d)
40
24
19
9
11
6
3
2
1
110
Section of StateMappable
4
4
4
4
4
4
4
3
3
34
Non mappable
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
18
Total
6
6
6
6
6
6
6
5
5
52
Section of State RangeMappable
11
10
11
8
9
9
7
3
3
71
Non mappable
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
18
Total
13
12
13
10
11
11
9
5
5
89

Notes
  1. Comprises records for 'Migratory, Offshore and Shipping' and 'No usual address'.
  2. Other Territories includes the Territories of Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Christmas Island and Jervis Bay.
  3. Includes records for Remainder of State/Territory
  4. May cross State and Territory borders and can be counted more than once in individual State and Territory figures but only once in the Australia total.

Number of Mappable and Non mappable areasNon-ABS structures
Type of geographic area
NSW
Vic.
Qld
SA
WA
Tas.
NT
ACT
OT (a)
Aust.
Local Government AreaMappable
152
79
74
70
139
29
16
0
0
559
Non mappable (b)
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
18
Total
154
81
76
72
141
31
18
2
2
577
Postal Area Mappable (c) (d)
607
667
424
318
334
108
29
24
2
2513
Non mappable (e)
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
2
3
Total (c) (d)
607
667
424
318
334
109
29
24
4
2516
State SuburbMappable
2626
1544
1859
846
887
420
216
103
5
8506
Non mappable (f) (g)
3
3
2
3
2
3
2
3
2
23
Total
2629
1547
1861
849
889
423
218
106
7
8529
Commonwealth Electoral Division (h)Mappable
48
37
30
11
15
5
2
2
2
150
Non mappable (f)
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
18
Total
50
39
32
13
17
7
4
4
4
168
State Electoral Division Mappable
93
88
89
47
59
23
25
3
0
427
Non mappable (f) (i)
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
3
19
Total
95
90
91
49
61
25
27
5
3
446
Australian Drainage Division (j)Mappable
..
..
..
..
..
..
..
..
..
12
Non mappable
..
..
..
..
..
..
..
..
..
3
Total (e)
..
..
..
..
..
..
..
..
..
15
Natural Resource Management RegionMappable
14
10
15
8
6
3
1
1
3
61
Non mappable (f)
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
18
Total
16
12
17
10
8
5
3
3
5
79

Notes
.. not applicable
  1. Other Territories includes the Territories of Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Christmas Island and Jervis Bay.
  2. Comprises records for 'Unincorporated' and 'No usual address'. Unincorporated includes Migratory, Offshore and Shipping.
  3. May cross State and Territory borders and can be counted more than once in individual State and Territory figures but only once in the Australia total.
  4. Migratory - Offshore - Shipping (Aust.), No usual address (Aust.) included in the counts for each State and Territory. Unclassified (Aust.) included in the count for Tas. only.
  5. The Australia total count includes one record each for Migratory - Offshore - Shipping (Aust.), No usual address (Aust.) and Unclassified (Aust.).
  6. Comprises records for 'Migratory, Offshore and Shipping' and 'No usual address'.
  7. Includes records for Unclassified in NSW, Vic., SA, Tas. and ACT.
  8. The ACT Electoral Division of Fraser includes Jervis Bay and is counted in ACT and OT. The NT Electoral Division of Lingiari includes Christmas Island and Cocos (Keeling) Islands and is counted in NT and OT. Each is counted only once in the Australia total.
  9. Includes record for Unclassified in OT.
  10. Boundaries for Australian Drainage Divisions are not designed on a state basis. So there are no figures at state level for this geography.


Number of Mappable and Non mappable areasAustralian Standard Geographical Classification
(effective 1 July 2011)
Type of geographic area
NSW
Vic.
Qld
SA
WA
Tas.
NT
ACT
OT (a)
Aust.
Statistical Local AreaMappable
199
209
475
127
154
43
66
114
3
1390
Non mappable (b)
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
2
18
Total
201
211
477
129
156
45
68
116
5
1408

Notes
  1. Other Territories includes the Territories of Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Christmas Island and Jervis Bay.
  2. Comprises records for 'Migratory, Offshore and Shipping' and 'No usual address'.





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