The Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS) provides users with an integrated set of standard regions that they can use to analyse and integrate statistics produced by the ABS and other organisations.
Volume 5 outlines the Remoteness Areas (RA) Structure of the ASGS. The Remoteness Areas divide Australia into five classes of remoteness on the basis of relative access to services. Access to services is measured using the Accessibility and Remoteness Index of Australia (ARIA+), provided by the Hugo Centre for Migration and Population Research at the University of Adelaide, Remoteness Areas are built from Statistical Area Level 1 (SA1) and aggregate to States and Territories (S/Ts) so that they cover all of Australia without gaps or overlaps.
These areas are redefined every five years and data from the Census of Population and Housing as well as other survey data are released on the Remoteness Areas.