Geography
 

Statistical Geography allows users to understand, compare and analyse statistical data for informed decision making about all sorts of places from cities and suburbs to regional areas or Local Government Areas. The Statistical Spatial Framework is designed to help data custodians to add location to their datasets and enable users to integrate geospatial and statistical information. This ensures that location can be used to better understand our environment, society and economy.

Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS) Edition 3

The first release of the Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS) Edition 3 is now available. This release includes the Main Structure and Greater Capital City Statistical Areas. The remaining structures for ASGS Edition 3 will be released progressively from September 2021, as indicated in the table below.


Section of the ASGSExpected Release

Indigenous StructureSeptember 2021
Non ABS StructuresSeptember 2021
Significant Urban Areas, Urban Centres and Localities, Section of StateLate 2022
Remoteness StructureEarly 2023


The ABS previously undertook a review of the Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS). The outcomes of this review are available in this Information Paper. As part of the review the ABS conducted a consultation survey from May to July 2019. A summary of the responses to this consultation is available on the ABS Consultation Hub.

Link: online mapping tool to view and compare statistical boundaries
ABS Maps – an online mapping tool to view and compare statistical boundaries

What's new in Statistical Geography

A wide range of interactive statistical maps allow users to examine particular topics of interest - ABS Interactive Maps.

The first release of ASGS Edition 3 is now available, including the Main Structure and Greater Capital City Statistical Areas.

Updated Local Government Areas are available in the Australian Statistical Geography Standard Volume 3: Non ABS Structures, June 2020.

A full set of historical ASGC and ASGS boundaries, geographic correspondences, and coding indexes are now available on the ABS Geospatial Solutions page through data.gov.au.

The Australian Population Grid models residential population estimates on 1 km2 grid cells across Australia. Interactive maps and datasets can be found in the Regional population publication.

Get ASGS boundaries as a web service via the latest ASGS release.

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