1269.0 - Standard Australian Classification of Countries (SACC), 2016  
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Correspondences for the Standard Australian Classification of Countries (SACC) enable two-way comparison between the SACC 2011, Version 2.3 and SACC 2016. The correspondence tables itemise the code linkages between countries, detail links between major groups and minor groups, and indicate the changes to the SACC between the most recent previous version (2011, Version 2.3) and the current version. These correspondence tables are available in the SACC data cube, accessible from the 'Downloads' tab.


There is broad compatibility between the categories in the SACC and the list of UN Standard Country or Areas Codes. While most categories of the classification schemes have identical country titles there remain a number of differences between the classifications.

Differences in the official recognition of and preferred terminology used to describe certain areas or regions have led to different country titles between the classifications in some instances (e.g. the SACC refers to "Gaza Strip and West Bank"; the UN list refers to "State of Palestine"). Other differences between the classification schemes reflect preferences for the use of short or extended country titles (e.g. the use of "Laos" in the SACC and "Lao People's Democratic Republic" in the UN list), and preferences in the SACC for certain output categories that are useful in the Australian context (e.g. the separate identification in the SACC of the administrative regions comprising the United Kingdom). Further differences between the classification schemes are evident at higher levels of the classifications reflecting different approaches to geographic aggregation and statistical balance in classification design.

In broad terms, the units and groupings of the two classifications are compatible and it is possible to correspond data based on the SACC to the UN classification for the purposes of international comparison. The correspondence table is provided in the SACC data cube, accessible from the 'Downloads' tab.


It is the policy of the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) and Statistics New Zealand (SNZ) to harmonise approaches to the collection of official statistics wherever possible. This policy was a consideration when SACC was developed and it was agreed that the SACC and the New Zealand Standard Classification of Countries should be the same as much as is practical.

The differences in category titles between the Australian and New Zealand classifications are:

New Zealand Standard Classification of CountriesStandard Australian Classification of Countries
CodeCategory titleCodeCategory title

1513Pitcairn Island1513Pitcairn Islands
1601Antarctica1601Adelie Land (France)
1601Antarctica1602Argentinian Antarctic Territory
1601Antarctica1603Australian Antarctic Territory
1601Antarctica1604British Antarctic Territory
1601Antarctica1605Chilean Antarctic Territory
1601Antarctica1606Queen Maud Land (Norway)
1601Antarctica1607Ross Dependency (New Zealand)
21United Kingdom21United Kingdom, Channel Islands and Isle of Man
2101Channel Islands2107Guernsey
2101Channel Islands2108Jersey
2402Faeroe Islands2403Faroe Islands
(no equivalent category)2408Aland Islands
3103Vatican City State3103Holy See
3308Russia3308Russian Federation
4202Gaza Strip/Palestine/West Bank4202Gaza Strip and West Bank
5105Viet Nam5105Vietnam
61North-East Asia61Chinese Asia (includes Mongolia)
6101China, People's Republic of6101China (excludes SARs and Taiwan)
6102Hong Kong (Special Administrative Region)6102Hong Kong (SAR of China)
6106Macau (Special Administrative Region)6103Macau (SAR of China)
(no equivalent category)62Japan and the Koreas
6104Korea, Democratic People's Republic of6202Korea, Democratic People's Republic of (North)
6105Korea, Republic of6203Korea, Republic of (South)
8The Americas8Americas
(no equivalent category)8431St Barthelemy
(no equivalent category)8432St Martin (French part)
(no equivalent category)8433Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba
8434St Maarten (Dutch Part)8435Sint Maarten (Dutch part)
9107Congo9107Congo, Republic of
9108Congo, the Democratic Republic of the9108Congo, Democratic Republic of

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