Digital Boundaries
 

Accessing boundaries

The Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS) digital boundaries can be downloaded from the Digital boundary files section of the publication. As more boundaries for Edition 3 become available, they will be added to this section.

ASGS digital boundaries are available in either the OGC GeoPackage, or ESRI shapefile formats.

Digital boundaries can be viewed and compared using our online mapping tool ABS Maps.

ASGS geospatial data services, or web services, and APIs allow access to the most up to date ASGS digital boundaries and data without needing to store them. Data services are available for all ASGS boundaries as they are published. Some common uses for data services are mobile apps, custom geospatial web applications and infrastructure, online mapping applications (for example ArcGIS Online) and desktop mapping applications.

To access the available ASGS geospatial data services and find more information about these products, please refer to the Data services and APIs section of the ASGS Edition 3 publication. These boundaries are also available in a Web Linked Dataset.

To find digital boundaries from past editions of the ASGS, refer to the downloads tab of the relevant publications, available on the ABS Geography Publications page.

Historical ASGS and Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC) boundaries are now also available on the ABS Geospatial Solutions page through data.gov.au.

Datums

For ASGS Edition 3 (2021), digital boundaries are available in both the Geocentric Datum of Australia 2020 (GDA2020) and the Geocentric Datum of Australia 1994 (GDA94). GDA2020 was adopted as the new official national datum in 2017 and will be adopted gradually by organisations across Australia. The difference between GDA94 and GDA2020 on the ground is currently about 1.8 metres. Eventually, the ABS will phase out GDA94 boundaries.

ASGS 2016 and 2011 digital boundaries are published using GDA94 only.

Most GIS software automatically converts boundaries from GDA94 to GDA2020 and vice versa. The ABS uses a 7 point method for converting GDA94 boundaries to GDA2020. For more information about GDA2020, please refer to the Intergovernmental Committee on Surveying and Mapping or Geoscience Australia.

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