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This document was added 21/09/2012.
CHANGES TO GEOGRAPHY FOR THE SURVEY OF TOURIST ACCOMMODATION
WHY WAS THE ASGS INTRODUCED TO THE STA?
All ABS collections are transitioning to the ASGS by 2013. The ASGS addresses some of the shortcomings of the ASGC in that:
WHAT LEVEL OF GEOGRAPHY IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR THE STA?
Statistical Area Level 2
Under the ASGS, small area data is produced at Statistical Area Level 2 (SA2) and replaces Statistical Local Area (SLA) data. To assist with the transition, there will be a dual release of small area data for the four quarters of 2012. Data will be released at both the SLA level (using ASGC 2011) and at the SA2 level (ASGS). As backcasting of historical STA data onto the ASGS is not possible, the dual release will allow users to continue with an ASGC time series for a 12 month period, whilst beginning a new ASGS time series at the same time.
Tourism Regions (TRs) have changed to be constructed from allocations of whole SA2s rather than whole SLAs. Unlike SLAs which changed every year, SA2s will be reviewed only once every five years, therefore making these data more stable over time. Furthermore, SA2s are in general smaller than SLAs and, as they represent functional areas of regional towns, the SA2 based TRs are a better geographical representation of underlying social and economic interactions than the SLAs based TRs.
As TRs are defined each year by Tourism Research Australia (TRA) in consultation with State and Territory Tourism organisations, TR boundaries and names may still change each year as a result of this consultation.
A Statistical Geography Fact Sheet has been produced for Tourism Regions and how they fit into the ASGS. This contains further information on the ASGS which may be useful, and is available for download from the Statistical Geography Portal on the ABS website.
Local Government Area
Under the ASGC, Local Government Areas (LGAs) were made up of one or more SLAs. As the lowest level of geography available for the STA under the ASGC was SLA, it was possible to produce LGA level data by aggregating selected SLAs. Under the ASGS, a relationship does not exist between LGAs and SA2s. As SA2 is the lowest level of geography now available for the STA, it is no longer possible to produce LGA level data. As a result, the selected LGA data series which was produced for the STA has been discontinued. Similarly, data for the special area of 'Brisbane City Core' will also be discontinued.
WHEN WAS THE ASGS INTRODUCED INTO THE STA?
The ASGS became the geographical framework for the STA from the March quarter 2012 and affects all STA releases which contain small area data. STA data at the Australia and state/territory level has not been affected by the move to the ASGS. STA small area data based on the ASGS are contained in the following data releases:
WHAT IS AVAILABLE TO ASSIST IN TRANSITIONING TO THE ASGS?
An information paper has been developed which provides Tourism Region maps and establishment counts comparing the old and new geographies. This information paper is available from the ABS website at: Information Paper: Future changes to Tourist Accommodation, Australia, June 2012 (cat. no. 8635.0.55.003).
The ABS is also making an extensive range of correspondences available to assist with the implementation of the new statistical geography. Those of particular relevance for STA users are '2011 SLA to SA2' and 'SA2 to LGA' correspondences. A complete list of correspondences available and the dates they will be released are available from the Statistical Geography Portal on the ABS website, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
For further information on Tourism Accommodation statistics, including implementation of the ASGS in the Tourist Accommodation collection or changes to outputs, please contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070.
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