1270.0.55.002 - Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS): Volume 2 - Indigenous Structure, July 2011  
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Indigenous Areas (IAREs) are medium sized geographical units designed to facilitate the release of more detailed statistics. IAREs provide a balance between spatial resolution and increased granularity of attribute data. They are created by aggregating one or more ILOCs. For the 2011 Census, 429 IAREs are defined to cover the whole of geographic Australia.

There are non-spatial IAREs for Migratory - Offshore - Shipping and No Usual Address in each S/T.


IARE Names are allocated by ABS and are generally based upon a commonly identified name or combination of names for the area/community which the boundary encompasses. In areas encompassing multiple communities a combination of up to three distinct community names have been used to label the area.


IAREs have a six-digit hierarchical code. IAREs are sorted alphabetically by name within each IREG then allocated a three-digit code starting from 001. This is prefixed by the three-digit IREG code to complete the IARE code.

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

  • Codes ending in 94 are reserved for cases where people are coded to No Usual Address SA1s.
  • Codes ending in 97 are reserved for cases where people are coded to Migratory, Offshore and Shipping SA1s.


S/T Name S/T Code IARE Code IARE Name

Victoria 2 201001 Brimbank
Victoria 2 201002 Cardinia
Victoria 2 201003 Craigieburn - Sunbury
Victoria 2 201004 Cranbourne - Narre Warren
Victoria 2 201005 Frankston
Victoria 2 201006 Greater Dandenong
Victoria 2 294994 No usual address (Vic.)
Victoria 2 297997 Migratory - Offshore - Shipping (Vic.)

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