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Australian Statistical Geography Standard

The Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS) is the current geographical framework defined by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) for disseminating geographically classified statistics.

The ASGS represents a more comprehensive, flexible and consistent way of defining Australia's statistical geography than its predecessor, the Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC). The ASGS has replaced the ASGC in various ABS publications since being introduced on 1 July 2011.

Conceptually, mesh blocks are the smallest geographic region in the ASGS and form the basis for the larger regions of the ASGS, which includes the two broad groups, the ABS Structure and the Non-ABS Structures.  In practice, statistical units such as households and businesses will be assigned to a mesh block. Data collected from these statistical units will then be compiled into ASGS–defined geographic regions which, subject to confidentiality restrictions, will be available for publication.

Release of the 2016 edition of the ASGS commenced with Volume 1 in July 2016, to be followed by Volumes 2 and 3 later in the year. Volumes 4 and 5 will complete the update by early 2018. This 2016 standard will be used for the 2016 Census of Population and Housing, and progressively introduced into other ABS data collections.

Current volumes of the ASGS are as follows:

ASGS: Volume 1 - Main Structure and Greater Capital City Statistical Areas, ABS Cat. no. 1270.0.55.001.

ASGS: Volume 2 - Indigenous Structure, ABS Cat. no. 1270.0.55.002.

ASGS: Volume 3 - Non-ABS Structures, ABS Cat. no. 1270.0.55.003.

ASGS: Volume 4 - Significant Urban Areas, Urban Centres and Localities, Section of State, ABS Cat. no. 1270.0.55.004.

ASGS: Volume 5 - Remoteness Structure, ABS Cat. no. 1270.0.55.005.

For more detail please refer to the Australian Bureau of Statistics website at

A full range of maps for Queensland are available to download covering the 2011 ASGS Statistical areas level 2level 3 and level 4. Updated maps for the 2016 ASGS Statistical areas will be available in the near future.

Last reviewed 22 July 2016