Notes on Geographic Area Characteristics
Census data and tabulations are often cross-classified by geographic area. A list of the most commonly used geographic area characteristics with their mnemonics follows. These characteristics have been created during processing of Census data. For information on the full classifications for these characteristics, refer to Catalogue of 1976 Census Tables Final (2103.0), Information Paper No. 20 LGA Code List (2118.0) and the technical documentation accompanying each 1976 Census data release (see Section 3 for details of data releases).
|Australian Electoral Division||AED|
|Local Government Area||LGA|
|Local Government Area Section||LGS|
|Section of State||SCS|
a) Major urban - urban centres with a population over 100,000
b) Other urban - urban centres with a population of 1,000 to 99,999
c) Bounded rural locality - population clusters of 200 - 999 population
d) Rural balance
Persons enumerated on board vessels in and between Australian ports, or on board long distance trains, buses or aircraft are classified as migratory. Such persons are not included in the population of specific LGA's, but are shown as a balancing item in the population of a State or Territory. By definition, there is no migratory population in the Australian Capital Territory.
For the purposes of the 1976 Census, Statistical Divisions, Statistical Subdivisions and Statistical Districts were designed to be compatible, wherever possible, with State Planning Regions.
|Statistical Subdivision / Statistical District||SSD|
Statistical Districts have been delineated in respect of urban centres with a population of 25.000 or more, using concepts and criteria similar to those of Capital City Divisions. These fixed boundaries delimit areas which, for general statistical purposes, are free from the problems imposed by the moving boundaries of urban centres.
In selected cases, especially in Victoria and South Australia, Statistical Districts were delineated around urban centres with less than 25,000 population, where there was a demand for intercensal population estimates for the area and where existing LGA boundaries were obviously inadequate for this purpose.