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Notes - geography

Census geography overview

Census data is available at a variety of different geographic levels such as State, Capital City, Local Government Area, Suburb and Postal Area. These areas are created by aggregating smaller units of geography together into a 'best fit.'

The boundaries available from the ABS rarely match actual 'communities', 'suburbs' or 'service catchments' needed for effective decision making, and even if they do, they are seldom available on the same geographic basis over time, making it very difficult to identify trends in population characteristics based on meaningful areas.

For the 2011 Census, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) implemented a brand new geographic structure, which is based on labour force areas. This is known as the Australian Standard Geography Standard, and uses the base unit of the SA1 (Statistical Area Level 1). These build into SA2s, SA3s, SA4s and Greater Capital City Areas.

For previous Censuses the base building block was called a Census Collector District. Census Collector Districts aggregated to Local Government Areas.

Local Government Areas are available from the 2011 Census output. They are created by aggregating SA1s. However these SA1s do not sum exactly to Local Government boundaries, making geographic breakdowns problematic, and time series even more difficult.

profile.id resolves all of these issues to create a meaningful geography that can be analysed over a long time period.

National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA) geography

This profile provides Census data for the National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA) broken down into small areas based on customised suburbs/localities.

For the 1991, 1996, 2001 and 2006 Census years these small areas are created by aggregating Census Collection Districts. For the 2011 Census they are created by aggregating Statistical Area Level 1 units.

Where SA1s or CCDs do not fit exactly into a suburb or locality boundary, estimates are made in each Census year of the number of dwellings to be included. These estimates use aerial photography, dwelling counts, planning schemes, and street directories to determine what percentage of each SA1 or CCD to include in the suburb.

This means that regardless of the Census year, and the changes in ABS output boundaries, the data presented in profile.id exactly matches the suburb/locality boundary. This provides the most accurate population information for suburbs and localities and a meaningful time series for the current geography.

NOTE: The geography in the Community Profile tables may not match the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) SA2, state suburb or postal area boundaries, which are based on aggregation of whole SA1s and are not comparable to previous Census years.

The National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA) has 31 small areas:

Location of Blacktown City

Blacktown City

Blacktown City is located in Sydney's western suburbs - about 35 kilometres from the Sydney GPO. Blacktown City is bounded by Hawkesbury City in the north, The Hills Shire in the north-east, the City of Parramatta in the east, the Cumberland Council area in the south-east, Fairfield City in the south, and Penrith City in the west.

Location of Camden Council

Camden Council

The Camden Council area is located in Sydney’s south-western suburbs, about 60 kilometres from the Sydney CBD. The Camden Council area is bounded by Liverpool City in the north, Campbelltown City in the east, and Wollondilly Shire in the south and west.

Location of Campbelltown City

Campbelltown City

Campbelltown City is located in Sydney's south-western suburbs, between 30 and 55 kilometres from the Sydney CBD. Campbelltown City is bounded by Liverpool City in the north, Sutherland Shire and Wollongong City in the east, Wollondilly Shire in the south, and the Camden Council area in the west. Campbelltown City's boundaries are Denham Court Road, Campbelltown Road, Glenfield Road, the Georges River and a line through the Holsworthy Military Reserve in the north, Williams Creek, Lake Woronora and the Woronora River in the east, a section of O'Hares Creek and a line through the Dharawal National Park to the Nepean River in the south, and the Nepean River, a line through the Mount Annan Botanic Garden and a line running generally northward to Denham Court Road in the west.

Location of Liverpool City

Liverpool City

Liverpool City is located in Sydney's south-western suburbs - about 25 kilometres from the Sydney GPO. Liverpool City is bounded by Penrith City and Fairfield City in the north, the City of Canterbury Bankstown in the east, Sutherland Shire in the south-east, Campbelltown City and the Camden Council area in the south, and Wollondilly Shire in the west.

Location of Penrith City

Penrith City

Penrith City is located at the western fringe of the Sydney metropolitan area - about 54 kilometres from the Sydney GPO. Penrith City is bounded by Hawkesbury City in the north, Blacktown City and Fairfield City in the east, Liverpool City and Wollondilly Shire in the south, and Blue Mountains City in the west.

Location of The Hills Shire

The Hills Shire

The Hills Shire is located in Sydney's north-western suburbs - about 30 kilometres from the Sydney CBD. The Hills Shire is bounded by Hawkesbury City in the north, Hornsby Shire in the east, the City of Parramatta in the south, and Blacktown City in the west.

Location of Wollondilly Shire

Wollondilly Shire

Wollondilly Shire is located at the south-western fringe of the Sydney metropolitan area, about 75 kilometres from the Sydney CBD. Wollondilly Shire is bounded by Blue Mountains and Penrith Cities in the north, Liverpool City, the Camden Council area and Campbelltown and Wollongong Cities in the east, Wingecarribee Shire in the south, and the Goulburn Mulwaree and Oberon Council areas in the west.

Location of Shire of Cardinia

Shire of Cardinia

Cardinia Shire is located on Melbourne's south-east fringe, about 55 kilometres from the Melbourne CBD. Cardinia Shire is bounded by the Yarra Ranges Council area in the north, Baw Baw Shire in the east, South Gippsland Shire, Bass Coast Shire and Western Port Bay in the south, and the City of Casey in the west.

Location of City of Casey

City of Casey

The City of Casey is located in Melbourne's south-eastern suburbs, between 28 and 60 kilometres south-east of the Melbourne CBD. The City of Casey is bounded by the City of Knox and the Yarra Ranges Council area in the north, Cardinia Shire in the east, Western Port and Mornington Peninsula Shire in the south, and Frankston City and the City of Greater Dandenong in the west. The City's boundaries are Police Road, Churchill National Park, West Boundary Track, Horswood Road and Boundary Road in the north, Cardinia Creek, McCormacks Road, Pound Road, Tooradin Station Road, Hardys Road and Dalmore Road in the east, the Western Port coastline and South Boundary Road East in the south, and Western Port Highway, South Gippsland Highway, South Gippsland Freeway, Princes Highway, Claredale Road and the Dandenong Creek in the west.

Location of City of Hume

City of Hume

Hume City is located on Melbourne's north-west fringe, between 15 and 45 kilometres from the Melbourne CBD. Hume City is bounded by the Macedon Ranges and Mitchell Shires in the north, the City of Whittlesea in the east, the Cities of Moreland, Moonee Valley and Brimbank in the south, and the City of Melton in the west. Hume City's boundaries are Jacksons Creek and Deep Creek in the north, Merri Creek in the east, the Western Ring Road, Sharps Road, Keilor Park Drive and the Maribyrnong River in the south, and the Calder Freeway in the west.

Location of City of Melton

City of Melton

The City of Melton is located in the outer western fringe of metropolitan Melbourne, about 40 kilometres west of the Melbourne CBD. The City of Melton is bounded by Macedon Ranges Shire in the north, Hume City and the City of Brimbank in the east, the City of Wyndham in the south, and Moorabool Shire in the west.

Location of Shire of Mitchell

Shire of Mitchell

Mitchell Shire is located in central Victoria, about 80 kilometres north of the Melbourne CBD. Mitchell Shire is bounded by the City of Greater Bendigo and Strathbogie Shire in the north, Murrindindi Shire in the east, the City of Whittlesea and Hume City in the south, and Macedon Ranges and Mount Alexander Shires in the west.

Location of City of Whittlesea

City of Whittlesea

The City of Whittlesea is located in Melbourne’s northern suburbs, about 20 kilometres from the Melbourne GPO. The City of Whittlesea is bounded by Mitchell Shire in the north, Murrindindi Shire in the north-east, Nillumbik Shire in the east, the City of Banyule and the City of Darebin in the south, and Hume City in the west.

Location of City of Wyndham

City of Wyndham

The City of Wyndham is located in Melbourne's outer south-west, between 12 and 45 kilometres from the Melbourne GPO. The City of Wyndham is bounded by the City of Melton and the City of Brimbank in the north, the City of Hobsons Bay in the east, Port Phillip Bay in the south-east, the City of Greater Geelong in the south-west and west and Moorabool Shire in the north-west. The City's boundaries are Springhill Road, the Werribee River and Boundary Road in the north, Kororoit Creek, the Princes Freeway, Old Geelong Road, the eastern and southern boundaries of the RAAF Williams Laverton Base, Point Cook Road, the Princes Freeway, Crellin Avenue South, St Anthony Court, Machair Drive, Dunnings Road, Point Cook Road, Tournament Drive, Fawkner Way, Crystal Court and Skeleton Creek in the east, Port Phillip Bay in the south and the Little River, Mortons Road and a line running between Mortons Road and Springhill Road in the west.

Location of City of Ipswich

City of Ipswich

The City of Ipswich is located in south-east Queensland, about 40 kilometres south-west of the Brisbane CBD. The City of Ipswich is bounded by the Somerset Regional Council area and Brisbane City in the north, Logan City in the east, the Scenic Rim Regional Council area in the south, and the Lockyer Valley Regional Council area in the west.

Location of Logan City

Logan City

Logan City is located in southern Brisbane, between 15 and 50 kilometres south of the Brisbane GPO. Logan City is bounded by Brisbane and Redland Cities in the north, Gold Coast City in the east, the Scenic Rim Regional Council area in the south, and Ipswich City in the west.

Location of Moreton Bay Region

Moreton Bay Region

The Moreton Bay Region is located in south-east Queensland, between 20 and 44 kilometres north of the Brisbane CBD. The Moreton Bay Region is bounded by the Sunshine Coast Council area in the north, the Coral Sea and Moreton Bay in the east, Brisbane City in the south, and the Somerset Regional Council area in the west.

Location of Redland City

Redland City

Redland City is located in south-east Queensland, about 26 kilometres south-east of the Brisbane CBD. Redland City is bounded by Moreton Bay and North Stradbroke Island in the north and east, Gold Coast and Logan Cities in the south, and Brisbane City in the west.

Location of District Council of Mount Barker

District Council of Mount Barker

The District Council of Mount Barker area is located between 20 and 45 kilometres south-east of Adelaide. The District Council of Mount Barker area is bounded by the Adelaide Hills and Mid Murray Council areas in the north, the Rural City of Murray Bridge in the east, the Alexandrina Council area in the south, and the City of Onkaparinga in the west.

Location of City of Playford

City of Playford

The City of Playford is located in Adelaide's outer northern suburbs, about 30 kilometres from the Adelaide CBD. The City of Playford is bounded by the Adelaide Plains Council area, the Light Regional Council area, the Town of Gawler and the Barossa Council area in the north, the Adelaide Hills Council area in the east, the City of Salisbury and the City of Tea Tree Gully in the south, and Gulf St Vincent in the west. The City of Playford's boundaries are the Gawler River, Wingate Road, Dalkeith Road, Smith Road and the South Para River in the north, Bassnet Road in the east, Airstrip Road, Hannaford Hump Road, One Tree Hill Road, Gould Creek, the Little Para River, Prunus Avenue, Jarvis Road, Porter Street, Commercial Road, the Gawler railway line, Bellchambers Road, Penfield Road, Heaslip Road, a line running east to west between Mumford Road and Mill Road and a line running east to west to the south of the Winston Park Equestrian Centre in the south, and Gulf St Vincent in the west.

Location of City of Armadale

City of Armadale

The City of Armadale is located in Perth's south-east suburbs, about 28 kilometres from the Perth CBD. The City of Armadale is bounded by the City of Gosnells and the City of Kalamunda in the north, the Shires of York and Beverley in the east, the Shire of Wandering and Serpentine Jarrahdale Shire in the south and the City of Cockburn in the west.

Location of City of Cockburn

City of Cockburn

The City of Cockburn is located in Perth’s outer southern suburbs, about 15-20 kilometres from the Perth CBD. The City of Cockburn is bounded by the Cities of Fremantle, Melville and Canning in the north, the City of Armadale in the east, the City of Kwinana in the south, and the Indian Ocean in the west. The City of Cockburn includes Rottnest Island and Carnac Island, located about 10 and 18 kilometres off-shore respectively.

Location of City of Gosnells

City of Gosnells

The City of Gosnells is located in Perth's south-eastern suburbs, about 17 kilometres from the Perth CBD. The City of Gosnells is bounded by the City of Kalamunda in the north-east and east, the City of Armadale in the south, and the City of Canning in the west and north-west.

Location of City of Kwinana

City of Kwinana

The City of Kwinana is located in Perth’s outer southern suburbs, between 25 and 37 kilometres south of the Perth CBD. The City of Kwinana is bounded by the City of Cockburn in the north, Serpentine Jarrahdale Shire in the east, the City of Rockingham in the south, and the Indian Ocean in the west.

Location of City of Mandurah

City of Mandurah

The City of Mandurah is located just south of the Perth metropolitan area, between 55 and 85 kilometres south of the Perth CBD. The City of Mandurah is bounded by the City of Rockingham in the north, the Shire of Murray, the Serpentine River and Harvey Estuary in the east, the Shire of Waroona in the south, and the Indian Ocean in the west.

Location of City of Rockingham

City of Rockingham

The City of Rockingham is located in Perth’s outer southern suburbs, about 40 kilometres south-west of the Perth CBD. The City of Rockingham is bounded by the City of Kwinana in the north, the Serpentine-Jarrahdale Shire in the east, the Shire of Murray and the City of Mandurah in the south, and the Indian Ocean in the west.

Location of Shire of Serpentine-Jarrahdale

Shire of Serpentine-Jarrahdale

Serpentine Jarrahdale Shire is located in the outer south-eastern metropolitan area of Perth, between 25 and 55 kilometres south of the Perth CBD. Serpentine Jarrahdale Shire is bounded by the City of Armadale in the north, the Shire of Wandering in the east, the Shire of Murray in the south, and the City of Rockingham and the City of Kwinana in the west.

Location of City of Swan

City of Swan

The City of Swan is located on the north-eastern fringe of Perth, 10-50 kilometres north-east of the Perth CBD. The City of Swan is bounded by the Shires of Chittering and Toodyay in the north, the Shire of Mundaring in the east and south-east, the City of Kalamunda, the City of Belmont, the Town of Bassendean and the City of Bayswater in the south, and the Cities of Stirling and Wanneroo in the west.

Location of City of Wanneroo

City of Wanneroo

The City of Wanneroo is located on the north-eastern fringe of Perth, between 12 and 60 kilometres from the Perth CBD. The City of Wanneroo is bounded by Gingin Shire in the north, the Shire of Chittering and the City of Swan in the east, the Cities of Stirling and Joondalup in the south, and the Indian Ocean in the west.

Location of Shire of Litchfield

Shire of Litchfield

The Litchfield Council area is located in the top end of the Northern Territory, between 10 and 60 kilometres east of the Darwin CBD. The Litchfield Council area is bounded by Van Diemen Gulf in the north, the Adelaide River and Unincorporated Northern Territory in the east, the Coomalie Community Government Council area in the south, Unincorporated Northern Territory in the south-east, and the City of Palmerston and the City of Darwin in the west.

Location of City of Palmerston

City of Palmerston

The City of Palmerston is located in the top end of the Northern Territory, about 20 kilometres south-east of the Darwin CBD. The City of Palmerston is bounded by the Litchfield Council area in the north, east and south, by the East Arm in the west, and Unincorporated Northern Territory in the north-west.

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