1270.0.55.003 - Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS): Volume 3 - Non ABS Structures, July 2011  
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Natural Resource Management Regions (NRMRs) are an ABS approximation of Natural Resource Management regions (NRM). They are administrative regions primarily used to report on the Australian Government's Caring for our Country investments but are also used for environmental and agricultural reporting. They are based on catchments or bioregions. The boundaries of NRM regions are managed by the Australian Government Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities. NRM regions change occasionally as States and Territories (S/T) revise their boundaries.

More information can be found on the NRM website: http://www.nrm.gov.au/nrm/region.html


The boundaries and census statistics produced for NRMRs are constructed from Statistical Area Level 1 (SA1) based on the method described in Chapter 1.

NRMRs are based on the publicly available 2010 version of NRMs. 79 NRMRs are defined to cover the whole of geographic Australia. NRMRs do not generally cross S/T borders except for Jervis Bay which has been included in the NSW Southern Rivers NRM. The Australian Capital Territory and Northern Territory have one NRMR each.

No Usual Address and Migratory-Offshore-Shipping are represented as non spatial objects in the digital boundaries.


NRMR names are the same as those allocated by the Australian Government Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities.


NRMRs are sorted by name then allocated a two digit code starting from 01 within each S/T. This is prefixed by a single digit S/T code to enable unique identification of NRMRs across the country.

Special purpose codes are included as balancing items. SA1s allocated to these codes are not part of any official NRMR.

  • NRMR code 94 is reserved for those S/T where people are coded to the No Usual Address SA1s.
  • NRMR code 97 is reserved for those S/T that have Migratory, Off-Shore and Shipping SA1s.


S/T Name S/T Code NRMR Code NRMR Name

Queensland 3 301 Border Rivers Maranoa-Balonne
Queensland 3 302 Burdekin
Queensland 3 303 Burnett Mary
Queensland 3 304 Cape York
Queensland 3 305 Condamine
Queensland 3 306 Cooperative Management Area
Queensland 3 394 No usual address (Qld)
Queensland 3 397 Migratory - Offshore - Shipping (Qld)

NRMRs are renumbered after each census therefore the codes used for the 2011 Census may not match those used for the 2006 Census.

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