Review of the ASGS for 2021

Closed 15 Jul 2019

Opened 29 May 2019


The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) is in the process of reviewing the Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS) in preparation for the 2021 edition. The ASGS provides a framework of statistical areas designed for the dissemination, visualisation and analysis of a broad range of social, demographic and economic statistics.

Why We Are Consulting

It has been ten years since the first edition of the ASGS was released, and the ASGS has generally been very well received. In the lead up to the third edition of the classification, ABS has undertaken a review of the classification that has evaluated existing feedback and has identified changes that seek to maintain its relevance to meet user needs. As part of this review, we are seeking your feedback in regard to several specific areas of the ASGS, including:

  • Urban Centres and Localities,
  • ASGS State and Commonwealth Electoral Divisions,
  • ASGS Natural Resource Management Regions and Australian Drainage Divisions, and
  • ASGS coding structure.

We are also seeking any specific design feedback regarding ASGS boundaries.

What Happens Next

The consultation period has now closed. All submissions are currently being considered as part of the continual improvement of the ASGS and an information paper outlining broad changes to the 2021 edition of the ASGS will be released in late 2019.


  • Stakeholders
  • Data Users


  • Customer Feedback