Rural, Remote and Metropolitan Area
The Rural, Remote and Metropolitan Area (RRMA) classification divides Australia metropolitan, rural and remote zones. Read about the RRMA zones, how to use them and how to search for them.
About the classification
The Rural, Remote and Metropolitan Area (RRMA) classification divides Australia into 3 zones and 7 classes:
- metropolitan zone (RRMA 1 and 2)
- rural zone (RRMA 3 to 5)
- remote zone (RRMA 6 and 7).
We developed the RRMA classification in 1994 using the Australian Bureau of Statistics 1991 Census data.
How we use it
RRMA is a general purpose tool for policies and programs related to rural and remote areas.
It does not reflect population growth since the 1991 Census.
Find locations classified under RRMA
To see the RRMA classification of a location, search the Health Workforce Locator.
Use our workforce locator map to check the geographical classification of any location in Australia. The map can tell you if a location is classified as city, rural or remote. It identifies areas that need more doctors.