What is the Australian Statistical Geography Standard - Remoteness Area?

The Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS) is a set of geographical data that can be analysed together for different purposes. The data are from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) and other organisations.

The ASGS determines five levels of remoteness for areas under the Australian Statistical Geography Standard - Remoteness Area (ASGS-RA) structure.

Who manages the ASGS-RA?

The ABS uses the ASGS as a framework to define Remoteness Area (RA) classifications.

What is the ASGS-RA used for?

Based on data gathered during the Census, the ASGS-RA divides Australia into five classes of remoteness. Remoteness is determined according to population and distance to services.

The ASGS-RA informs research and policy development. 

How do I find locations classified under the ASGS-RA?

To see if an area has an RA classification, search the Health Workforce Locator.

Last updated: 
8 July 2019
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