1270.0.55.004 - Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS): Volume 4 - Significant Urban Areas, Urban Centres and Localities, Section of State, July 2016  
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SOS AND SOSR NAMES AND CODING STRUCTURE

SOS AND SOSR NAMES

Section of State (SOS) and Section of State Range (SOSR) names are not unique in Australia.

SOS and SOSR names are outlined in the previous section in ‘Design of SOS and SOSR’.


SOS CODING STRUCTURE

A SOS is identifiable by a 2 digit fully hierarchical code. These are outlined in the examples below.

The SOS code comprises a State or Territory (S/T) and SOS identifier. A SOS identifier is only unique if it is preceded by the State or Territory identifier.


For example Major Urban in Victoria:

20 Major Urban

S/T
SOS identifier
SOS Name

2
0
Major Urban



For example Rural Balance in Western Australia:
53 Rural Balance

S/T
SOS identifier
SOS Name

5
3
Rural Balance



SOS Special Purpose Codes

Two SOS are defined in each State or Territory for that part of a population which cannot be meaningfully assigned to a geographically defined region:
    Migratory – Offshore – Shipping
    No usual address


For example Migratory – Offshore – Shipping in Tasmania:

67 Migratory – Offshore – Shipping (Tas.)

S/T
SOS identifier
SOS Name

6
7
Migratory – Offshore – Shipping (Tas.)



For example No usual address in New South Wales:

19 No usual address (NSW)

S/T
SOS identifier
SOS Name

1
9
No usual address (NSW)



SOSR CODING STRUCTURE

A SOSR is identifiable by a 3 digit fully hierarchical code. This comprises State or Territory, SOS and SOSR identifiers. A SOSR identifier is only unique if it is preceded by the State or Territory and SOS identifiers. See ‘Design of SOS and SOSR’ for the SOS and SOSR identifiers used for the different SOSR population ranges.

The examples below show how the SOSR codes are assigned to the SOSR Name.


For example SOSR of ‘1 million or more’ in Western Australia:
501 ‘1 million or more’

S/T
SOS
SOSR
SOSR Name

5
0
1
1 million or more



For example SOSR of ‘Remainder of State/Territory’ in South Australia:

431 Remainder of State/Territory

S/T
SOS
SOSR
SOSR Name

4
3
1
Remainder of State / Territory



SOSR Special Purpose Codes

Two SOSR are defined in each State or Territory for that part of a population which cannot be meaningfully assigned to a geographically defined region:
    Migratory – Offshore – Shipping
    No usual address


For example Migratory – Offshore – Shipping in Queensland:
379 Migratory – Offshore – Shipping (Qld)

S/T
SOS
SOSR
SOSR Name

3
7
9
Migratory – Offshore – Shipping (Qld)



For example No usual address in the Australian Capital Territory:
899 No usual address (ACT)

S/T
SOS
SOSR
SOSR Name

8
9
9
No usual address (ACT)


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