Dataset: ABS Boundaries 2011



This dataset and its metadata statement were supplied to the Bioregional Assessment Programme by a third party and are presented here as originally supplied.

This product, Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS) Volume 1 - Main Structure and Greater Capital City Statistical Areas (cat no. 1270.0.55.001), is the first in a series of Volumes that will detail the various structures and regions of the ASGS. Its purpose is to outline the conceptual basis of the regions of the Main Structure and the Greater Capital City Statistical Areas and their relationship to each other.

Volume 2 - Indigenous Structure (cat no. 1270.0.55.002), is the second in a series of Volumes that detail the various structures and regions of the ASGS. Its purpose is to outline the conceptual basis for the design of the Indigenous Structure. This product contains several elements including the manual, region names and codes and the digital boundaries.

The Non-ABS Structures bring together those regions which are not defined by the ABS, but which are important to users of ABS statistics. ABS is committed to providing a range of statistics for these areas. They generally represent administrative regions and are approximated by Mesh Blocks (MBs), Statistical Areas Level 1 (SA1) or Statistical Areas Level 2 (SA2). As the Non-ABS Structures represent regions that are subject to ongoing change, the ABS will release a revised publication for ASGS Non-ABS Structures in July each year. The individual structures will only be updated where significant change has occurred in the past year.

Full metadata is available at the feature class level by selecting the 'Description' tab in ArcCatalog.

This dataset contains three Geodatabases:

  1. ABS Boundaries 2011

Feature Classes:

a) Greater Capital City Statistical Area polygons for Australia - GCCSA_2011_AUST

b) Mesh Block polygons split into State feature classes - MB_2011_[STATE]

c) Statistical Area polygons, Split into Levels 1, 2, 3 and 4 feature classes - SA[LEVEL]_2011

d) State Borders for Australia polygons - STE_2011_AUST

  1. Indigenous Structures 2011

Feature Classes:

a) Indigenous Areas - Polygons

b) Indigenous Locations - Polygons

c) Indigenous Regions - Polygons

  1. Non ABS Boundaries 2011

Feature Classes

a) Australian Drainage Divisions

b) Commonwealth Electoral Divisions

c) Local Government Areas

d) Postal Areas

e) State Electoral Boundaries

f) State Suburb Code

g) Tourism Regions

Dataset History

The Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS) is a hierarchical classification system of geographical regions and consists of a number of interrelated structures. The ASGS brings all the regions for which the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) publishes statistics within the one framework and will be used by the ABS for the collection and dissemination of geographically classified statistics from the 1 July 2011. It provides a common framework of statistical geography and enables the production of statistics which are comparable and can be spatially integrated.

Dataset Citation

Australian Bureau of Statistics (2011) ABS Boundaries 2011. Bioregional Assessment Source Dataset. Viewed 29 September 2017,

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