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Census Geography Paper 03/01 - ASGC Remoteness Classification - Purpose and Use


The Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC) is used by the ABS for the collection and dissemination of geographically classified statistics. The ASGC edition 2001 introduced the Remoteness classification which divides Australia into six broad regions called Remoteness Areas.

The ASGC Remoteness classification was developed by the ABS in response to a demand for a statistical geography that allows quantitative comparisons between 'city' and 'country' Australia where the defining difference between 'city' and 'country' is physical remoteness from goods and services. The 2001 Census of Population and Housing is the first major ABS collection to be disseminated on the ASGC Remoteness classification.

The aim of this paper is to demonstrate, using data from the 2001 Census, the purpose and appropriate use of the ASGC Remoteness classification as a framework for statistical analysis. Users are also advised on options for classifying their own data to the Remoteness classification and how and when this may be appropriate.

NOTE: the document is presented as 11 parts due to its size and complexity.

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Main PaperRemoteness_Paper_text_final.pdf(size of this file is 226Kb)
Appendix A - Australia
appendix_A.pdf(size of this file is 1,731Kb)
Appendix B - StatesNSW&ACT_maps.pdf(size of this file is 1,514Kb)
Vic_maps.pdf(size of this file is 929Kb)
Qld_maps.pdf(size of this file is 1,230Kb)
SA_map.pdf(size of this file is 367Kb)
WA_map.pdf(size of this file is 715Kb)
Tas_map.pdf(size of this file is 825Kb)
NT_map.pdf(size of this file is 430Kb)
Other_Territories_map.pdf(size of this file is 126Kb)
Appendix C - Census Papersappendix_C.pdf(size of this file is 25Kb)
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