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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). ASGS has replaced ASGC in various ABS publications since being introduced on 1 July 2011. The ASGS has been utilised for release of data from the 2011 Census of Population and Housing.

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.

ABS has published the following five volumes of ASGS:

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 Structure, 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 ASGS Statistical Areas level 2level 3 and level 4.

Last reviewed 2 June 2016