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ASGS (2011 Edition) - Main Structure - State and Territory Boundaries

Six States and six territories are recognised in the ASGS as the largest spatial unit in the Main Structure.


The State and Territory is the largest spatial unit in the Main Structure and in the Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS).

Six States and six territories are recognised in the ASGS: New South Wales Victoria Queensland South Australia Western Australia Tasmania Northern Territory Australian Capital Territory Jervis Bay Territory Territory of Christmas Island Territory of the Cocos (Keeling) Islands. Territory of Norfolk Island

These spatial units are political entities with fixed boundaries. Except for the last four mentioned Territories, the total area of each State and Territory, including their offshore islands, is used for statistical purposes as a separate spatial unit in the ASGS.

Jervis Bay Territory, and the Territories of Christmas Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands and Norfolk Island are included as one spatial unit at the State and Territory level under the category of Other Territories. Previously, Norfolk Island was not included in the ASGS.

In line with Australian Government announced reforms to the governance of Norfolk Island and its inclusion into the definition of Geographic Australia, the 2016 ASGS has been updated to include the Territory of Norfolk Island.

States and Territories consist of one or more Statistical Areas Level 4. In aggregate, they cover Australia without gaps or overlaps. States and Territories are identified by unique one-digit codes within Australia as follows:

State and Territory Codes and Names

Code S/T
1New South Wales 2Victoria 3Queensland 4South Australia 5Western Australia 6Tasmania 7Northern Territory 8Australian Capital Territory 9Other Territories

Data and Resources

Additional Info

Field Value
Title ASGS (2011 Edition) - Main Structure - State and Territory 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/9aae124e-9341-44c3-b5ec-477d53769aab
Date Published 2017-03-31
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 - 2016-06-30
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 Statistics not elsewhere classified, Demography not elsewhere classified, Human Geography not elsewhere classified
Geospatial Topics Boundaries
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