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Allocation files

Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS) Edition 3
Reference period
July 2021 - June 2026

Allocation files are non-spatial representations of how each geography is aggregated from their building block geography. These files are available in .xlsx format. 

Downloads for allocation files

Main Structure and Greater Capital City Statistical Areas

Mesh Blocks - 2021

Statistical Areas Level 1 - 2021

Statistical Areas Level 2 - 2021

Statistical Areas Level 3 - 2021

Statistical Areas Level 4 - 2021

Greater Capital City Statistical Areas - 2021

States and Territories - 2021

Australia - 2021

Indigenous Structure

Indigenous Structure - 2021

Indigenous Locations - 2021

Indigenous Areas - 2021

Indigenous Regions - 2021

Non ABS Structures

Local Government Areas - 2021

State Electoral Divisions - 2021

Commonwealth Electoral Divisions - 2021

Postal Areas - 2021

Tourism Regions - 2021

Australian Drainage Divisions - 2021

Suburbs and Localities - 2021

Destination Zones - 2021

Destination Zones to Statistical Areas Level 2 - 2021

Metadata for allocation files

In addition to the digital boundary products, allocation files will also be made available as each section of ASGS Edition 3 is published. These allocation files list the geographic hierarchies of each of the ASGS structures. An example of the file content is listed below.

Main Structure and Greater Capital City Statistical Areas

Allocation files listing the geographic hierarchies for each of the following regions, are available for download in .xlsx format: 

  • Mesh Blocks (MB)
  • Statistical Area Level 1 (SA1)
  • Statistical Area Level 2 (SA2)
  • Statistical Area Level 3 (SA3)
  • Statistical Area Level 4 (SA4)
  • Greater Capital City Statistical Areas (GCCSA)
  • State and Territory (STE)
  • Australia (AUS)

The hierarchy is listed from the lowest level of the ASGS up.

File contents:

For example MB_2021_AUST contains all Mesh Blocks within Australia and includes the following fields:

  • MB_CODE_2021
  • MB_CATEGORY_2021
  • CHANGE_FLAG_2021
  • CHANGE_LABEL_2021
  • SA1_CODE_2021
  • SA2_CODE_2021
  • SA2_NAME_2021
  • SA3_CODE_2021
  • SA3_NAME_2021
  • SA4_CODE_2021
  • SA4_NAME_2021
  • GCCSA_CODE_2021
  • GCCSA_NAME_2021
  • STATE_CODE_2021
  • STATE_NAME_2021
  • AUS_CODE_2021
  • AUS_NAME_2021
  • AREA_ALBERS_SQKM
  • ASGS_LOCI_URI_2021

This lists the Mesh Blocks that make up the SA1s, SA2s, SA3s, SA4s, GCCSAs, State and Territory and Australia. It also gives the area in square kilometres of the Mesh Block, based on Albers Conic Equal Area projection.

Indigenous Structure

There is one allocation table in .xlsx file format that relates Statistical Areas Level 1 (SA1s) to the Indigenous Structure hierarchy: 

  • Indigenous Structure Allocation Table

There are three .xlsx files listing the geographical hierarchies for each of the following geographies:

  • Indigenous Locations (ILOC)
  • Indigenous Areas (IARE)
  • Indigenous Regions (IREG)

The Indigenous Structure is built from aggregations of SA1s. The hierarchy is listed from the lowest level of the ASGS up and all files cover the whole of Australia.

File contents:

Indigenous_Structure_Allocation_2021 includes the following fields:

  • SA1_CODE_2021
  • ILOC_CODE_2021
  • ILOC_NAME_2021
  • IARE_CODE_2021
  • IARE_NAME_2021
  • IREG_CODE_2021
  • IREG_NAME_2021
  • STATE_CODE_2021
  • STATE_NAME_2021
  • AUS_CODE_2021
  • AUS_NAME_2021
  • AREA_ALBERS_SQKM
  • ASGS_LOCI_URI_2021

ILOC_2021_AUST includes the following fields:

  • ILOC_CODE_2021
  • ILOC_NAME_2021
  • IARE_CODE_2021
  • IARE_NAME_2021
  • IREG_CODE_2021
  • IREG_NAME_2021
  • STATE_CODE_2021
  • STATE_NAME_2021
  • AUS_CODE_2021
  • AUS_NAME_2021
  • AREA_ALBERS_SQKM
  • ASGS_LOCI_URI_2021

IARE_2021_AUST and IREG_2021_AUST include the same fields for all geographies above them in the hierarchy. All files give the area in square kilometres of each region, based on Albers Conic Equal Area projection.

Non ABS Structures

There are nine .xlsx files listing the geographical hierarchies for each of the following regions:

  • Local Government Areas (LGA)
  • State Electoral Divisions (SED)
  • Commonwealth Electoral Divisions (CED)
  • Postal Areas (POA)
  • Tourism Regions (TR)
  • Australian Drainage Divisions (ADD)
  • Suburbs and Localities (SAL)
  • Destination Zones (DZN)

Most Non ABS Structures list Mesh Blocks as the smallest unit used for aggregation. Tourism Regions are constructed from Statistical Areas Level 2 (SA2).

File contents:

The .xlsx files generally contain the following fields:

  • <BASE_REGION>_CODE_2021 where BASE_REGION equals either Mesh Block or Statistical Area Level 2
  • <REGION>_CODE_2021 where REGION equals LGA, SED, CED, POA, TR, ADD, SAL or DZN
  • <REGION>_NAME_2021
  • STATE_CODE_2021 (excluded from POA and ADD as these boundaries cross state and territory borders)
  • STATE_NAME_2021 (excluded form POA and ADD as these boundaries cross state and territory borders)
  • AUS_CODE_2021
  • AUS_NAME_2021
  • AREA_ALBERS_SQKM
  • ASGS_LOCI_URI_2021 (Please note this field refers to the BASE_REGION rather than the named REGION of each file)

There are two allocation files provided for Destination Zones. MB_DZN_2021_AUST contains:

  • MB_CODE_2021
  • DZN_CODE_2021
  • SA2_CODE_2021
  • SA2_NAME_2021
  • STATE_CODE_2021
  • STATE_NAME_2021
  • AUS_CODE_2021
  • AUS_NAME_2021
  • AREA_ALBERS_SQKM
  • ASGS_LOCI_URI_2021

DZN_SA2_2021_AUST contains:

  • DZN_CODE_2021
  • SA2_CODE_2021
  • SA2_NAME_2021
  • STATE_CODE_2021
  • STATE_NAME_2021
  • AUS_CODE_2021
  • AUS_NAME_2021
  • AREA_ALBERS_SQKM
  • ASGS_LOCI_URI_2021

All files give the area in square kilometres of each base region, based on Albers Conic Equal Area projection.