1270.0.55.002 - Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS): Volume 2 - Indigenous Structure, July 2016  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 13/09/2016   
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Indigenous Locations are formed by combining together one or more Statistical Area Level 1 (SA1). Indigenous Locations generally represent small Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities (urban and rural) with a minimum population of 90 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander usual residents. An Indigenous Location is an area designed to allow the production and analysis of statistics relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples with a high level of spatial accuracy, while also maintaining the confidentiality of individuals. For the 2016 Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS), 1115 Indigenous Locations have been defined to cover the whole of geographic Australia.

There are non-spatial Indigenous Locations for Migratory - Offshore - Shipping and No Usual Address in each State and Territory.

Indigenous Location names are allocated by ABS and are generally based upon a commonly identified name or combination of names for the area/community that the boundary encompasses. In locations encompassing multiple communities a combination of up to three distinct community names have been used to label the location.

Each Indigenous Location has a unique eight digit hierarchical code. Indigenous Locations are allocated a two digit code. This is prefixed by the six digit Indigenous Area code to complete the Indigenous Location code.

Special purpose codes are included as balancing items. SA1s allocated to these codes are not part of a distinct Indigenous Location.

  • Codes ending in 94 are reserved for cases where people are coded to No Usual Address SA1s.
  • Codes ending in 97 are reserved for cases where people are coded to Migratory, Offshore and Shipping SA1s.


State and Territory NameState and Territory CodeIndigenous Location CodeIndigenous Location Name

Victoria220100101 Keilor
Victoria220100102 Sunshine
Victoria220100201 Cardinia
Victoria220100301 Craigieburn - Sunbury
Victoria220100401 Cranbourne
Victoria220100402 Hallam - Berwick - Pearcedale
Victoria229499494No usual address (Vic.)
Victoria229799797 Migratory - Offshore - Shipping (Vic.)

The codes used for the 2016 Indigenous Locations may not match those used in 2011 in some instances. In future ASGS editions, it may also be necessary to allocate new codes . Changes to codes occur where an Indigenous Location is abolished or changes significantly for new editions of the ASGS, the Indigenous Location identifier will be retired and the replacement Indigenous Location(s) given a new code. Correspondences enabling translation of data from 2011 to 2016 and how these changes have been applied will be released with this volume.