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2016 Census Dictionary >> Glossary >> Other Territories


Other Territories

Other Territories is a category in the Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS) at the State/Territory (STE) level. It has been created for statistical purposes.

For the 2016 Census, Jervis Bay Territory, and the Territories of Christmas Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands and Norfolk Island each have a unique Statistical Area Level 2 code in the ASGS and together comprise one spatial unit at the STE level under the category of Other Territories and within scope for the Census. The inclusion of Norfolk Island in Other Territories is new for 2016, following an amendment to the Acts Interpretation Act, 1901. Previously Norfolk Island was not included in the Australian Census. The other Australian external territories (minor islands such as Heard Island and McDonald Island), remain outside the scope of the Census.

The Other Territories category has been used in Census data since the 1996 Census. Up until 2016 it comprised the three territories of Christmas Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands and Jervis Bay Territory.

Prior to the 1996 Census, no external territories were included in geographical Australia, although Census data were collected for Christmas Island and the Cocos (Keeling) Islands. Following amendments to the Acts Interpretation Act ,1901 effective from July 1992, the two external territories of Christmas Island and Cocos (Keeling) Islands became part of geographical Australia.

For the 1986 and 1991 Censuses, Cocos (Keeling) Islands and Christmas Island were included as part of the Australian Census, but their data were excluded from statistical counts for Australia.


Prior to the 1986 Census, separate Censuses of the Cocos islands were conducted by the Department of Home Affairs, or its equivalent.

See also
Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS).




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