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ASGS (2011 Edition) - Main Structure - Greater Capital City Statistical Area (GCCSA) boundaries

Greater Capital City Statistical Areas (GCCSA) are geographical areas built from Statistical Areas Level 4 (SA4) and are designed to represent the functional extent of each of the eight State and Territory capital cities. They were designed to reflect labour markets using the 2011 Census travel to work data. Because of this the GCCSAs reflect the labour market of each capital city. The labour market is sometimes used as a de-facto measure of the functional extent of a city as it contains the majority of the commuting population.

This definition is designed to include the population within the urban area of the city, as well as people who regularly socialise, shop or work within the city, and live in small towns and rural areas surrounding the city. It is important to note that GCCSAs do not define the built up edge of the city. They provide a stable definition for these cities and are designed for the output of a range of social and economic survey data. Within each State and Territory, the area not defined as being part of the Greater Capital City is represented by a Rest of State region.

There are 16 spatial GCCSA regions covering the whole of Australia without gaps or overlaps. These consist of 8 regions representing each of the Australian State and Territory capital cities, and 8 regions covering the rest of each State and the Northern Territory. The ACT only has one GCCSA region for the entire Territory. The category of Other Territories in GCCSA includes the Other Territories of Jervis Bay, Christmas Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands and Norfolk Island.

In addition to these 16 spatial GCCSA regions are 18 non-spatial GCCSA special purpose codes, adding to a total of 34 GCCSAs. These special purpose codes include Migratory–Offshore–Shipping and No Usual Address codes for each State and Territory.

GCCSAs are not bound by a minimum population size criterion.

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Field Value
Title ASGS (2011 Edition) - Main Structure - Greater Capital City Statistical Area (GCCSA) boundaries
Type Dataset
Language English
Licence Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 Australia
Data Status active
Update Frequency never
Landing Page https://data.gov.au/dataset/480e62d0-be0a-4944-933b-16625c80815e
Date Published 2017-05-01
Date Updated 2017-11-15
Contact Point
ABS Geospatial Solutions
1300 135 070
geography@abs.gov.au
Contact Point
ABS Geospatial Solutions Team
geography@abs.gov.au
Temporal Coverage 2011-07-01 - 2017-06-30
Geospatial Coverage {"type": "Polygon", "coordinates": [[ [96.0,-45.0],[96.0,-9.0], [168.0,-9.0], [168.0,-45.0], [96.0,-45.0]]]}
Jurisdiction Commonwealth of Australia
Data Portal data.gov.au
Publisher/Agency ABS Geospatial Solutions
Fields of Research Human Geography not elsewhere classified, Demography not elsewhere classified, Statistics not elsewhere classified
Geospatial Topics Boundaries
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