This release of Data by region presents various data for 2011-2022, including Census of Population and Housing data for 2011, 2016 and 2021.
To access the Data by region map interface, refer to Data by region. This interface enables users to search and explore data for regions across Australia.
Data is available for:
- States and Territories
- Greater Capital City Statistical Areas
- Statistical Areas 2, 3 and 4
- Indigenous Locations, Indigenous Areas, and Indigenous Regions
- Remoteness Areas
- Local Government Areas
This issue of Data by region presents data on ASGS Edition 3 (2021) for Main Structure, Greater Capital City Statistical Areas (GCCSA), Indigenous Structure and Local Government Areas (LGAs). The LGA data available in this product are based on 2021 Local Government Area boundaries. Remoteness Areas remain on ASGS Edition 2 (2016). For more information see;
- Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS) Edition 3 - Main Structure and Greater Capital City Statistical Areas, July 2021 - June 2026
- Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS) Edition 3 - Indigenous Structure, July 2021 - June 2026
- Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS) Edition 3 - Local Government Areas, July 2021 - June 2026
- Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS) Edition 2 - Remoteness Structure, July 2016
For more information, see the Statistical Geography page of the ABS website.
Data for 'Other Territories' has been included for some but not all of the data sets included in Data by region, dependent on its availability in the source datasets. In some cases Other Territories contribute to the totals for States and Australia but are not presented separately (due to availability). For this reason, summing data at lower geographic levels to State or Australia totals may result in figures that don't align to the published values.
Data is sourced from a wide variety of collections, both ABS and non-ABS. When analysing these statistics, care needs to be taken as time periods, definitions, methodologies, scope, and coverage can differ across collections.
Data presented in this product are sourced from administrative datasets, the Census of Population and Housing, and various ABS surveys.
Updated data series
Care should be taken in comparing data within previous and current releases of Data by region as:
- some data have been revised
- releases prior to November 2022 may use earlier editions of the Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS)
Updates to this latest release from the previous 2015-2020 release are summarised in the following table below.
|All data series||All data series have been updated to ASGS Edition 3 (2021) boundaries for Main Structure, GGCSA, LGA and Indigenous Structure where available. Where data is not available on ASGS Edition 3 boundaries, previously published data is not included. Remoteness Areas remain on ASGS Edition 2 (2016). See data item list for available geographies.|
|Census items||2021 Census (first release) added. New data items include service with the Australian Defence Force, persons with long-term health conditions, equivalised total household income ranges and number of motor vehicles per household.|
|Estimated resident population - males, females, total persons||2021 data added, 2016-2020 data revised. Minor label changes.|
|Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples||2021 Census data added to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples theme. Minor label changes. New item for persons living in appropriately sized dwellings.|
|Counts of Australian businesses, entries and exits||2021 data added, 2017-2020 data revised.|
|Building approvals||2021 and 2022 data added for ASGS main structure geographies. 2017-2020 data revised for ASGS main structure. 2022 data added for LGAs.|
|Residential property transfers||2021 data added, 2016-2020 data revised. Minor label changes.|
|Agricultural commodities, gross value of agricultural production||2021 data added. Expanded geographies to include SA2 and LGA for 2021 data only. New items replace previous items (total area for vegetables and orchard fruit/nut trees).|
|Selected Government pensions and allowances||2021 data added.|
|Children enrolled in a preschool program, children attending a preschool program||2021 data added, 2016 data removed. Label change to reflect updated terminology for centre based day care.|
|Land area||2021 data added.|
|Water use on Australian farms||2017-2021 data added.|
|Protected land areas||2016, 2018 and 2020 data revised.|
|Solar installations||2016-2020 LGA data revised due to updated postcode correspondence process.|
|Experimental land use estimates||New data series. 2016 data included for SA2, States/territories and Australia.|
|Experimental land cover estimates||2016-2020 data added.|
|Land and housing supply indicators: experimental counts of land parcels by land area size and by planning zone||New data series. 2022 data included for SA2 and LGA.|