1216.0 - Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC), July 2011  
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Contents >> Statistical District Structure >> Purpose and Structure


The S Dist. Structure maintains a list of selected, significant, predominantly urban areas in Australia which are not located within a Capital City SD (see Main Structure section within this publication). S Dists enable comparable statistics to be produced about these selected urban areas. In the main, the structure is used to report intercensal population estimates.

S Dists are maintained as a separate structure from the Main Structure because:

  • the total area of S Dists does not cover the whole of Australia
  • some S Dists straddle S/T boundaries (e.g. the Gold Coast-Tweed S Dist. lies partly in Queensland and partly in New South Wales).


The S Dist. Structure has three levels of hierarchy SLAs-SSDs-S Dists (see ASGC Structural Chart).

In this structure, SLAs and SSDs are confined to those which fall within S Dists. The spatial units relate to each other through aggregation or disaggregation. For example, SLAs are disaggregates of SSDs. The spatial units within each level of the S Dist. Structure do not collectively cover the whole of Australia.


The current S Dist. Structure, down to SLA level, is shown in The Classification Structures. This table is available in both the publication pdf and as a .csv file.

For example:
  • Statistical District Structure

(showing three hierarchical levels: S Dist.-SSD-SLA)


11005 Newcastle
1720 Cessnock (C)
4651 Lake Macquarie (C) - East
4653 Lake Macquarie (C) - North
4655 Lake Macquarie (C) - West
5050 Maitland (C)
5903 Newcastle (C) - Inner City
5904 Newcastle (C) - Outer West
5905 Newcastle (C) - Throsby
6400 Port Stephens (A)

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