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Changes from the previous edition of the ASGS

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

Some Indigenous Structure boundaries have been changed on advice from the ABS Centre for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Statistics following consultation undertaken in 2018. Changes in ASGS Edition 3 have been made to resolve known issues and ensure that boundaries meaningfully reflect community groups, whilst balancing data confidentiality requirements.

Significant changes

There were limited changes to the Indigenous Structure for Edition 3 with the most change occurring at the Indigenous Location level. The table below shows the number of areas that have been affected by geometry, code and name changes respectively.

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Type of change

ILOC*

IARE*

IREG*

Significant boundary change

53

7

4

Hierarchical code change (no boundary change)

105

42

NA

Name change only

2

0

0

* The addition of Outside Australia is not reflected in these counts. 

Correspondences enabling translation of data from ASGS 2016 to ASGS Edition 3 and how these changes have been applied are available in the access and downloads section of this publication.

Reasons for change

Wherever possible, Indigenous Structure boundaries were altered by splitting areas into smaller areas, or merging two areas together. This supports analysis of data over time. Significant changes to boundaries have resulted in code changes, but names may remain the same. When assessing change between 2016 and ASGS Edition 3, it is important to consider both codes and names together. A small number of boundaries have been renamed to fix spelling errors.

Types of change

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Description of change

Result

Significant boundary changes where an area has been split into multiple new areas, or a boundary has been significantly redesigned.

New code in all cases and new name if appropriate.

Minor boundary alignment, or change due to underlying Statistical Area Level 1 changes.

Code and name do not change.

Code change at Indigenous Region or Indigenous Area level, but no change at Indigenous Location level.

Code change (due to hierarchical coding structure). Name does not change.

Name changed to fix known spelling or name issue.

Code does not change. Name change only.

List of changes

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Indigenous Locations with significant boundary changes

ILOC_CODE_2021

ILOC_NAME_2021

10300204

Barwon Four

10300205

Brewarrina

10300206

Brewarrina - Surrounds

10300207

Goodooga

10300505

Broken Hill - Surrounds

10300506

Wilcannia

10300608

Namoi Reserve

10300609

Walgett - Surrounds

10402203

Lake Macquarie - West

10402302

Wyong - South-West

30100212

Brisbane City - Outer East

30100213

Moreton Bay Islands

30100302

Bribie - Beachmere

30100303

Caboolture

30100304

Narangba - Burpengary

30100702

Broadbeach - Burleigh

30100703

Coolangatta

30100704

Gold Coast - North

30100705

Gold Coast Hinterland

30100706

Mudgeeraba - Tallebudgera

30100707

Nerang

30100708

Ormeau - Oxenford

30100709

Robina

30100710

Southport

30100711

Surfers Paradise

30100802

Ipswich

30100803

Springfield - Redbank

30101402

Minjerribah (North Stradbroke Island)

30101403

Redland

30900802

Kowrowa - Mona Mona

30900803

Mantaka

50100207

Broome - Surrounds

50100208

Djarindjin - Lombadina

50300409

Laverton

50300410

Ngaanyatjarraku

50600111

East Pilbara - Surrounds

50600112

Kiwirrkurra - Surrounds

50800501

Burawa - Darlngunaya - Bungardi

50800502

Fitzroy Crossing

50800503

Fitzroy Crossing - Surrounds

50800504

Junjuwa

50800505

Mindi Rardi - Kurnangki - Loanbun

50800604

Outer Derby - West Kimberley

70500308

Bulman

70500309

Weemol

70600704

Ramingining

70600705

Ramingining - Milingimbi Outstations

70800106

Mount Johns

70800205

Inarlenge - Mpwetyerre

70900402

Apatula (Finke) Homelands - East

70900403

Apatula (Finke) Homelands - West

70900801

Kaltukatjara (Docker River)

70900802

Kaltukatjara Outstations

ZZZZZZZZ

Outside Australia

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Indigenous Areas with significant boundary changes

IARE_CODE_2021

IARE_NAME_2021

104022

Lake Macquarie

104023

Wyong

508005

Fitzroy Crossing

508006

Outer Derby - West Kimberley

708001

Alice exc. Town Camps

708002

Alice Springs Town Camps

709001

Amoonguna - Santa Teresa - Titjikala

ZZZZZZ

Outside Australia

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Indigenous Regions with significant boundary changes

IREG_CODE_2021

IREG_NAME_2021

309

Cairns - Atherton

310

Townsville - Mackay

708

Alice Springs

709

Apatula

ZZZ

Outside Australia

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Indigenous Locations with hierarchical code changes

ILOC_CODE_2021

ILOC_NAME_2021

10402201

Lake Macquarie - East

10402202

Lake Macquarie - North

10402301

Wyong - North-East

30900101

Atherton

30900201

Barron

30900202

Cairns - City

30900203

Cairns - North

30900204

Cairns - West

30900205

Cairns - White Rock - Mt Sheridan

30900206

Edmonton

30900207

Gordonvale

30900208

Manunda - Portsmith

30900209

Mount Whitfield

30900210

Trinity

30900301

Mossman

30900302

Mossman - Surrounds

30900303

Mossman Gorge

30900401

Cairns - Southern Hinterlands

30900501

Eacham

30900601

Herberton

30900602

Herberton Tablelands

30900603

Mount Garnet

30900604

Ravenshoe

30900701

Innisfail

30900702

Johnstone

30900801

Etheridge Tablelands

30900901

Mareeba

30901001

Cardwell

30901002

Jumbun

30901003

Tully

30901101

Cape Tribulation - China Camp - Zig Zag

30901102

Wujal Wujal

30901201

Yarrabah

31000101

Bowen (Qld)

31000201

Ayr

31000202

Burdekin

31000301

Charters Towers

31000401

Flinders - Richmond - Dalrymple

31000501

Hinchinbrook

31000502

Ingham

31000601

Mackay

31000701

Mackay - Surrounds

31000801

Mirani

31000901

Palm Island

31001001

Proserpine - Whitsunday

31001101

Sarina

31001201

Thuringowa

31001301

Townsville

31001401

Townsville - Northern Beaches

31001402

Townsville - Southern Rangelands

50800506

Yungngora

50800601

Jarlmadangah Burru

50800602

Kupungarri

50800603

Looma

50800605

Pandanus Park

70800101

Charles

70800102

Flynn

70800103

Heavitree

70800104

Ilparpa community

70800105

Larapinta

70800107

Ross

70800108

Yirara College and Surrounds

70800201

Anthelk Ewlpaye

70800202

Anthepe - New Llparpa - Tyeweretye

70800203

Ewyenper - Ilpeye - Irklancha

70800204

Ilperle-Tyathe - Mt Nancy - Aper-Alwerr

70800206

Nyewente - Akngwertnarre - Namatjira

70800207

Yarrenyty-Arltere

70900101

Amoonguna

70900102

Santa Teresa (Ltyentye Purte)

70900103

South MacDonnell Ranges

70900104

Titjikala

70900201

Ampilatwatja and Outstations

70900301

Anmatjere - Surrounds

70900302

Anmatjere - Ti Tree

70900303

Laramba

70900304

Nturiya

70900305

Pmara Jutunta

70900306

Wilora

70900401

Apatula (Finke)

70900501

Atitjere

70900502

Atitjere - Akarnenehe Outstations

70900503

Engawala

70900601

Haasts Bluff and Outstations

70900602

Mount Liebig and Outstations

70900701

Hermannsburg

70900901

Imanpa (Mount Ebenezer)

70900902

Mutitjulu - Uluru

70901001

Nyirripi

70901002

Tanami Outstations

70901101

Papunya

70901102

Papunya Outstations

70901201

Atneltyey

70901202

Illeuwurru - Inkawenyerre

70901203

Irrultja

70901204

Utopia - Arawerr - Arlparra

70901301

Walungurru (Kintore)

70901302

Walungurru Outstations

70901401

Areyonga

70901402

Ingkerreke Outstations

70901403

Tjuwanpa Outstations

70901404

Wallace Rockhole

70901501

Willowra

70901601

Yuelamu

70901701

Yuendumu and Outstations

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Indigenous Areas with hierarchical code changes

IARE_CODE_2021

IARE_NAME_2021

309001

Atherton

309002

Cairns

309003

Cairns - Far North Coast

309004

Cairns - Southern Hinterlands

309005

Eacham

309006

Herberton - Ravenshoe

309007

Innisfail - Johnstone

309008

Kuranda - Croydon

309009

Mareeba

309010

Tully - Cardwell - Jumbun

309011

Wujal Wujal and Outstations

309012

Yarrabah

310001

Bowen (Qld)

310002

Burdekin - Ayr

310003

Charters Towers

310004

Flinders - Richmond - Dalrymple

310005

Ingham - Hinchinbrook

310006

Mackay

310007

Mackay - Surrounds

310008

Mirani

310009

Palm Island

310010

Proserpine - Whitsunday

310011

Sarina

310012

Thuringowa

310013

Townsville

310014

Townsville - Surrounds

709002

Ampilatwatja and Outstations

709003

Anmatjere

709004

Apatula (Finke) and Homelands

709005

Atitjere - Akarnenehe - Engawala

709006

Haasts Bluff - Mount Liebig (Watiyawanu)

709007

Hermannsburg

709008

Kaltukatjara and Outstations

709009

Mutitjulu - Uluru - Imanpa

709010

Nyirripi and Tanami Outstations

709011

Papunya and Outstations

709012

Urapuntja

709013

Walungurru and Outstations

709014

West MacDonnell Ranges

709015

Willowra

709016

Yuelamu

709017

Yuendumu and Outstations

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Indigenous Locations with name changes only

ILOC_CODE_2021

ILOC_NAME_2021

30700404

Masig (Yorke Island)

50300503

Tjuntjuntjara