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For the 2001 Census, 2,435 POAs are defined to cover the whole of geographic Australia. POAs may cross State/Territory borders and where this happens, standard census products will provide data for the whole POA.
POAs are not allocated names since there is no standardised name available for Australia Post postcodes. The coding conventions are as follows:
3999 (Vic. Off-Shore, Shipping & Migratory)
Australia Post postcodes have changed since the 1996 Census and therefore those used in the POA listing for the 2001 Census may not necessarily match those used for the 1996 Census.
Please see 8. Census Geographic Area Classification Listings for a full listing of POA codes.
Australia Post postcodes which are not street delivery areas are not represented in the POA Classification. These include post office boxes, mail back competitions, large volume receivers and specialist delivery postcodes. These postcodes have not been represented in the POA Classification because they are only valid for postal addresses and are not a valid location for population data. Appendix 1 lists those Australia Post postcodes which are street delivery areas but which are not represented in the POA Classification.
Australia Post postcode codes and boundaries change over time but POAs are only defined in the census year. Thus, any boundary changes that occur in postcode boundaries will not be reflected until the next census.
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