3106.0 - Demography News, Aug 2011  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 09/08/2011   
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From July 2011 the ABS will be replacing the nation's official statistical geography, the Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC) with the new Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS). The ASGS defines more stable, consistent and meaningful areas than the ASGC and will become the essential reference for understanding and interpreting the geographical dimension of ABS statistics. Current ASGC regions such as Census Collection Districts (CCDs), Statistical Local Areas (SLAs) and Statistical Divisions (SDs) will be replaced by the new Statistical Levels 1 to 4 (SA1 - SA4). For more information about the ASGS, including maps, labels and codes, see Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS): Volume 1 - Main Structure and Greater Capital City Statistical Areas, July 2011 (cat. no. 1270.0.55.001).

The ABS will be releasing Information Paper: Population Estimates under Australia's New Statistical Geography (cat. no. 3219.0.55.001) on 26 August 2011. This information paper will provide a broad overview of the ASGS and include information about the future of population estimates under the new geography. It will outline the methodology that will be used to prepare population estimates under the ASGS and provide information about the historical time-series of population estimates that will be prepared. For more information, see ASGS and the Future of Sub-State Population Estimates in Regional Population Growth, Australia, 2009-10 (cat. no. 3218).