Measuring Remoteness: Accessibility/Remoteness Index of Australia (ARIA) Revised Edition. Occasional Papers: New Series Number 14

The Accessibility/Remoteness Index of Australia, sponsored by the Department of Health and Aged Care, uses accessibility by road to services to develop a standard classification and index of remoteness.This revised edition was released in October 2001.

Page last updated: 29 October 2001


Measuring Remoteness: Accessibility/Remoteness Index of Australia (ARIA)

The paper describes a geographic approach to measuring the concept of remoteness and the creation of a standard classification and index of remoteness that covers the whole of the country. The ARIA index is a valuable tool that can be used in policy development, implementation and evaluation to assist in targeting of programs to the various regions of Australia.

Measuring Remoteness: Accessibilty/Remoteness Index of Australia (ARIA) (PDF 103 KB)

Appendix A: Frequently Asked Questions (PDF 31 KB)

Appendix B: RRMA to ARIA Concordance (PDF 26 KB)

Appendix C: Service Centres (Population over 5,000) (PDF 16 KB)

Appendix D: Maps (PDF 3674 KB)

Appendix E: Aria Values for 1996 Statistical Local Areas (PDF 136 KB)

Appendix F: Aria Values for 1999 Statistical Local Areas (PDF 122 KB)

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Please note that the information and data in this paper, while accurate at the time of publication, may now be out of date. Care should therefore be taken in using it.

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