In December 2010, the ABS released the Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS) which replaces the Australian Standard Geographic Classification (ASGC). The ASGS defines more stable, consistent and meaningful units than the ASGC and will become the essential reference for understanding and interpreting the geographical dimension of ABS statistics.
The ASGS will significantly impact upon sub-state population estimates, as estimates will be prepared and released based on an entirely new geographic classification. The first set of population estimates under the ASGS will be released in July 2012, along with ASGC-based estimates. However, from 2013, estimates will only be prepared based on the ASGS.
The ABS released Information Paper: Population Estimates under Australia's New Statistical Geography (cat. no. 3219.0.55.001) on 26 August 2011. This paper explains what sub-state population estimates will be produced in future, and how and when they will be released.
Because it is such a significant change, the ABS will be presenting an information session to assist in clarifying plans for the preparation and release of sub-state population estimates, and you are invited to attend. The sessions won't focus on the new geography itself, but will explain how population estimates are currently prepared and released, and how and when they will be prepared and released in future and how the new geography will be dealt with in these releases. There will also be time for questions and discussion.
Tricia Dyson and Andrew Howe, Regional Population Unit, SA
Video Presentation (136MB) | Power Point Presentation (1.4MB)
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