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The ABS is also addressing coastline alignment issues and undertaking an update of the Mesh Block category information. Updates are occurring to rectify issues reported by users since 2016 where this is possible within the design guidelines.
As with previous editions, the ABS will provide correspondences to help transfer data between ASGS 2016 and ASGS Ed. 3.
There are no major changes planned for SA3, SA4 or Greater Capital City Statistical Area (GCCSA) boundaries in ASGS Ed. 3. However, minor alignment shifts will occur to these boundaries as a result of alignment changes in lower level geographies. These small changes will have a minimal impact on population and as a result there will be no code or name updates.
SA4 and GCCSA boundaries represent labour markets and the functional extent of Australian capital cities respectively. They are designed with an emphasis on stability over time to support the time series of statistical releases such as the Quarterly Labour Force publication. Both SA4 and GCCSA boundaries will be reviewed for ASGS Ed. 4 to be released in 2026. There will be future consultation to assist in this process.
The ASGS Main Structure will use full length hierarchical codes as the primary unique identifier. The alternative short version of codes, often used for SA1 and SA2 boundaries, will no longer be provided as a primary identification key to reduce confusion created by having two different unique identifiers. Respondents to public consultation were generally supportive of this change. The ABS will provide short codes on request to support stakeholders to transition to the full length hierarchical codes. Short codes will also be stored as an attribute field in the SA1 and SA2 tables.
During the design process for ASGS Ed. 3, naming conventions for SA2 boundaries have been reviewed, considering feedback from users. Full naming conventions will be outlined in ASGS Ed. 3.
Some of the changes include:
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1216.0.55.005 - Review outcomes for Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS), 2020
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