PURPOSE OF THE ASGC
The main purpose of the ASGC is for collecting and disseminating geographically classified statistics. These are statistics with a ‘where’ dimension. The ASGC provides a common framework of statistical geography which enables the production of statistics that are comparable and can be spatially integrated. In practice, statistical units such as households and businesses are first assigned to a geographical area in one of the ASGC structures. Data collected from these statistical units are then compiled into ASGC defined geographic aggregations which, subject to confidentiality restrictions, are then available for publication.
The purposes of this publication are to outline the 1996 ASGC structures, describe the codes and names of geographical areas used and depict the statistical relationship between different types of geography used in the classification. This publication has been converted from older electronic formats and does not necessarily have the same appearance and functionality as later releases. It provides details of the statistical geographical areas effective 1 July 1996.
This publication is the first part of a three volume set of statistical geography publications relating to the 1996 Census of Population and Housing. The other two volumes Statistical Geography: Volume 2 - Census Geographic Areas Australia (cat. no. 2905.0) and Statistical Geography: Volume 3 - Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC) Urban Centres/Localities (cat. no. 2909.0) are also available for download.
For access to historic 1996 ASGC structure text files or historic digital boundaries please contact the ABS via email <email@example.com>.
For more information on statistical geography please view the ABS Geography web portal on http//:www.abs.gov.au/geography.