Australian Statistical Geography Standard – Remoteness Area

Read about the Australian Statistical Geography Standard and how it helps determine the remoteness of an area in Australia. Find out how to search for an area classified under the Australian Statistical Geography Standard – Remoteness Area framework.

About the standard

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.

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

How we use it

Based on data gathered during the Census, the ASGS-RA divides Australia into 5 classes of remoteness. Remoteness is determined according to population and distance to services.

The ASGS-RA informs research and policy development. 

Find locations classified under the ASGS-RA

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

Last updated: 
14 December 2021
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