Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC)
The Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC) was developed by the ABS for the collection and dissemination of geographic statistics. It is a hierarchically structured classification with a number of spatial units to satisfy different statistical purposes.
The ASGC areas used for the Census are:
There is a separate entry in this dictionary defining each of these geographical areas.
- Mesh Block (MB)
- Collection District (CD)
- Statistical Local Area (SLA)
- Local Government Area (LGA)
- Remoteness Area (RA)
- Statistical Subdivision (SSD)
- Statistical Division (SD)
- Statistical District (S Dist)
- Statistical Region (SR)
- Major Statistical Region (MSR)
- Urban Centre/Locality (UC/L)
- Section of State (SOS)
The ASGC facilitates the standardisation of terminology and comparability of data.
Census data are also available for non-ASGC areas. For example, Postal Area and Electoral Division. For a list of relevant areas, see the entry 'Census Geographic Areas'.
For more information see:
- Statistical Geography Volume 1: Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC) 2006 (cat. no. 1216.0)
- Statistical Geography Volume 2: Census Geographic Areas, Australia (cat. no. 2905.0)
- Statistical Geography Volume 3: Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC) Urban Centres/Localities (cat. no. 2909.0)