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Indigenous Structure

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

The Indigenous Structure provides a geographical standard for the publication and analysis of statistics about the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population of Australia.

  • Indigenous Locations (ILOCs) represent small Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities (urban and rural) with a minimum population of about 90 people.
  • Indigenous Areas (IAREs) are medium sized geographical areas designed to facilitate the release of more detailed statistics for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
  • Indigenous Regions (IREGs) are large geographical areas loosely based on the former Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission boundaries.

The Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS) Edition 3 Indigenous Structure will be released in September 2021.

The most current version of the Indigenous Structure is from ASGS 2016 - 1270.0.55.002 - Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS): Volume 2 - Indigenous Structure, July 2016.

For information on how the Indigenous Structure relates to the whole ASGS, refer to the ASGS diagram.