This document was added or updated on 28/03/2017.
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.
THE UNITED NATIONS STANDARD COUNTRY OR AREA CODES
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.
CONSULTATION WITH STATISTICS NEW ZEALAND
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 Countries||Standard Australian Classification of Countries|
|Code||Category title||Code||Category title|
|1513||Pitcairn Island||1513||Pitcairn Islands|
|1601||Antarctica||1601||Adelie Land (France)|
|1601||Antarctica||1602||Argentinian Antarctic Territory|
|1601||Antarctica||1603||Australian Antarctic Territory|
|1601||Antarctica||1604||British Antarctic Territory|
|1601||Antarctica||1605||Chilean Antarctic Territory |
|1601||Antarctica||1606||Queen Maud Land (Norway)|
|1601||Antarctica||1607||Ross Dependency (New Zealand)|
|21||United Kingdom||21||United Kingdom, Channel Islands and Isle of Man |
|2402||Faeroe Islands||2403||Faroe Islands |
|(no equivalent category)||2408||Aland Islands|
|3103||Vatican City State||3103||Holy See|
|4202||Gaza Strip/Palestine/West Bank||4202||Gaza Strip and West Bank|
|61||North-East Asia||61||Chinese Asia (includes Mongolia)|
|6101||China, People's Republic of||6101||China (excludes SARs and Taiwan)|
|6102||Hong Kong (Special Administrative Region)||6102||Hong Kong (SAR of China)|
|6106||Macau (Special Administrative Region)||6103||Macau (SAR of China)|
|(no equivalent category)||62||Japan and the Koreas|
|6104||Korea, Democratic People's Republic of||6202||Korea, Democratic People's Republic of (North)|
|6105||Korea, Republic of||6203||Korea, Republic of (South)|
|(no equivalent category)||8431||St Barthelemy|
|(no equivalent category)||8432||St Martin (French part)|
|(no equivalent category)||8433||Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba|
|8434||St Maarten (Dutch Part)||8435||Sint Maarten (Dutch part)|
|9107||Congo||9107||Congo, Republic of|
|9108||Congo, the Democratic Republic of the||9108||Congo, Democratic Republic of|