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RDA Northern Territory

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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.

RDA Northern Territory geography

This profile provides Census data for the RDA Northern Territory 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 RDA Northern Territory has 21 small areas:

Location of Alice Springs Town Council LGA

Alice Springs Town Council LGA

The Alice Springs Town Council area is located in the southern section of the Northern Territory, about 1,500 kilometres south of the Darwin CBD. The Alice Springs Town Council area is surrounded entirely by the MacDonnell Regional Council area.

Location of Barkly Regional Council LGA

Barkly Regional Council LGA

The Barkly Regional Council area is located in the eastern section of the Northern Territory, about 1,000 kilometres south of the Darwin CBD. The Barkly Regional Council area is bounded by the Roper Gulf Regional Council area in the north, the State of Queensland in the east, the Central Desert Regional Council area in the south and south-west, and the Victoria Daly Regional Council area in the north-west.

Location of Belyuen Community Government Council LGA

Belyuen Community Government Council LGA

The Belyuen Community Government Council area is located on the Cox Peninsula, in the top end of the Northern Territory, about 20 kilometres south-west of the Darwin CBD (130 kilometres by road). The Belyuen Community Government Council area is surrounded entirely by Unincorporated Northern Territory.

Location of Central Desert Regional Council LGA

Central Desert Regional Council LGA

The Central Desert Regional Council area is located in the central southern section of the Northern Territory, between 600 and 1,400 kilometres south of the Darwin CBD. The Central Desert Regional Council area is bounded by the Victoria Daly Regional Council area and the Barkly Regional Council area in the north, the State of Queensland in the east, the MacDonnell Regional Council area in the south, and the State of Western Australia in the west.

Location of Coomalie Community Government Council LGA

Coomalie Community Government Council LGA

The Coomalie Community Government Council area is located in the north-western section of the Northern Territory, about 75 kilometres south of the Darwin CBD. The Coomalie Community Government Council area is bounded by the Litchfield Council area in the north, Unincorporated Northern Territory in the east, the Victoria Daly Regional Council area in the south, and Unincorporated Northern Territory in the west.

Location of City of Darwin LGA

City of Darwin LGA

The City of Darwin is located in the top end of the Northern Territory. Darwin is the Capital of the Northern Territory and Australia's northern most city. The City of Darwin is bounded by Beagle Gulf (the Timor Sea) in the north and west, the Litchfield Council area in the east, and Port Darwin and Unincorporated Northern Territory in the south.

Location of Developing East Arnhem Limited LGA

Developing East Arnhem Limited LGA

The Developing East Arnhem Limited area is located in the north-east corner of the North Territory, about 1,000 kilometres east of Darwin. The Developing East Arnhem Limited area is bounded by the Arafura Sea in the north, the Gulf of Carpentaria in the east, the Roper Gulf Regional Council area in the south, and the West Arnhem Regional Council area in the west.

Location of Katherine Town Council LGA

Katherine Town Council LGA

The Katherine Town Council area is located in the central section of the Northern Territory, about 310 kilometres south-east of the Darwin CBD. The Katherine Town Council area is bounded by the Roper Gulf Regional Council area in the north, east and south, and the Victoria Daly Regional Council area in the west.

Location of Litchfield Council LGA

Litchfield Council LGA

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 MacDonnell Regional Council LGA

MacDonnell Regional Council LGA

The MacDonnell Regional Council area is located in the southern section of the Northern Territory, between 1,100 and 1,600 kilometres south of the Darwin CBD. The MacDonnell Regional Council area is bounded by the Central Desert Regional Council area in the north, the State of Queensland in the east, the State of South Australia in the south, and the State of West Australia in the west. The MacDonnell Regional Council excludes the Alice Springs Town Council area which is located in the central area, and the locality of Yulara which is located in the south-west.

Location of City of Palmerston LGA

City of Palmerston LGA

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.

Location of Roper Gulf Regional Council LGA

Roper Gulf Regional Council LGA

The Roper Gulf Regional Council area is located in the north-eastern section of the Northern Territory, between 200 and 1,000 kilometres south-east of the Darwin CBD. The Roper Gulf Regional Council area is bounded by the West Arnhem Regional Council area in the north, the Developing East Arnhem Limited area and the Gulf of Carpentaria in the east, the Barkly Regional Council area in the south, and the Victoria Daly Regional Council area and the Katherine Town Council area in the west.

Location of Tiwi Islands Regional Council LGA

Tiwi Islands Regional Council LGA

The Tiwi Islands Regional Council area is located just to the north of the Northern Territory mainland, between 60 and 80 kilometres north of the Darwin CBD. The Tiwi Islands Regional Council area is surrounded entirely by the Arafura Sea.

Location of Victoria Daly Regional Council LGA

Victoria Daly Regional Council LGA

The Victoria Daly Regional Council area is located in the north-western section of the Northern Territory, between 120 and 650 kilometres south of the Darwin CBD. The Victoria Daly Regional Council area is bounded by Unincorporated Northern Territory, the Coomalie Community Government Council area and the West Arnhem Regional Council area in the north, the Roper Gulf Regional Council area, the Katherine Town Council area and the Barkly Regional Council area in the east, the Central Desert Regional Council area in the south, the State of Western Australia in the south-west, and the Timor Sea and the West Daly Regional Council area in the north-west.

Location of Wagait Shire LGA

Wagait Shire LGA

Wagait Shire is located in the top end of the Northern Territory, about 10 kilometres west of the Darwin CBD. Wagait Shire is bounded by Beagle Gulf (the Timor Sea) in the north and east, and Unincorporated Northern Territory in the south and west. Wagait Shire includes two sections, divided by Charles Point Road.

Location of West Arnhem Regional Council LGA

West Arnhem Regional Council LGA

The West Arnhem Regional Council area is located in the top end of the Northern Territory, about 250 kilometres east of the Darwin CBD. The West Arnhem Regional Council area is bounded by the Arafura Sea in the north, the Developing East Arnhem Limited area in the east, the Roper Gulf Regional Council area in the south, and the Victoria Daly Regional Council area, Unincorporated Northern Territory and Van Diemen Gulf in the west.

Location of West Daly Regional Council LGA

West Daly Regional Council LGA

The West Daly Regional Council area is located in the north-western section of the Northern Territory, between 300 and 420 kilometres south-west of the Darwin CBD. The West Daly Regional Council area is bounded by Unincorporated Northern Territory in the north, the Victoria Daly Regional Council area in the east and south, and the Timor Sea in the west.

Location of Unincorporated NT

Unincorporated NT

Unincorporated Northern Territory includes four separate sections which are not included in any of the seventeen Cities, Shires or Council areas in the Northern Territory. Area 1 is the locality of Yulara, located in the south of the Territory, bounded entirely by the MacDonnell Regional Council area. Area 2 (East Arm) is located just south-east of Darwin, bounded by the City of Darwin and the Litchfield Council area in the north, the City of Palmerston in the east, the Litchfield Council area in the south, and Port Darwin in the west. Area 3 is located west of Darwin, bounded by the Litchfield Council area and the Coomalie Community Government Council area in the east, the Victoria Daly Regional Council area and the West Daly Regional Council area in the south, and the Timor Sea in the north and west. Area 4 is located east of Darwin, bounded by Van Diemen Gulf in the north, the West Arnhem Regional Council area in the east, the Victoria Daly Regional Council area in the south, and the Coomalie Community Government Council area and the Litchfield Council area in the west.

Location of Big Rivers

Big Rivers

Location of Central Australia

Central Australia

Location of Wider Darwin

Wider Darwin

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