1216.0 - Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC) - Electronic Publication, 2004  
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Contents >> Chapter 12 ASGC-related material and products


The ASGC manual is essentially a reference document. Consequently, additional and more specialised ASGC-related material and products are needed to assist application of the ASGC to statistical work. Many of these materials and products are available for sale to ABS clients, as well as for use by ABS personnel. The following is a listing of some of the more important types of related material and products.


National Localities Index (NLI)

The National Localities Index, Australia (cat. no. 1252.0.55.001) is a coding tool designed to assist users assign the ASGC Main Structure codes to street address information. Once coded to the ASGC Main Structure direct comparisons to other ABS statistical information may be made. The NLI is updated regularly and maintained in accordance with each edition of the ASGC.

The NLI consists of two parts - a Localities Index and a Streets Sub-Index. The Localities Index contains a list of all Localities in Australia. In broad terms, a Locality is a place where people live or work - or say they live or work. Localities are assigned their full ASGC Main Structure code (i.e. S/T, SD, SSD and SLA codes). The majority of Localities lie wholly within one SLA but where they are split between two or more SLAs, street information is recorded in the Streets Sub-Index.

The NLI index files are available as ASCII, comma deliminated text files with fixed field lengths, suitable for downloading into personal and mainframe computers. These can be downloaded from the ABS web site free of charge.

Maps and digital boundaries

Maps depicting past years ASGC boundaries are included in the various editions of this publication from 1996 onwards. Maps depicting the 1981 and 1986 Census Editions were included in the respective Census Publications. Maps of the ASGC Edition 2004 Main Structure are included in this publication. Digital boundaries for 1981 (pre ASGC), 1986 and from 1991 onwards are also available in MapInfo interchange format (.MID .MIF) on several CDROM products.

Labels and Codes

Electronic files listing the labels and codes for the Australian Standard Geographical Classification 2004 Electronic Structures (cat. no. 1216.0.15.001). are available here

ASGC 2004 Electronic Structures

or view them here - The Classification Structures

Conversion listings and concordances

The ABS has developed a large number of concordances between editions of the ASGC and between the various structures. These are available electronically as ASCII comma delimited text files. For more information please contact Geography on (02) 62525888 or email geography@abs.gov.au.

Examples of the Concordances available include:

  • 2003 SLAs to 2003 LGAs
  • 2001 CDs to 2003 SLAs
  • 2002 SLAs to 2003 SLAs
  • 2001 SLAs to 2001 RAs
  • 2001 CDs to 2001 SLAs
  • 1996 SLAs to 2001 SLAs
  • Postal Area to ASGC Edition 2001.

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