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PSMA - Administrative Boundaries - Remoteness Areas 2016 (Polygon) May 2018

This layer presents the footprint of 2016 Remoteness Areas (RA) in Australia. The RAs are based on the Accessibility/Remoteness Index of Australia (ARIA+) developed in 2000 by the then Commonwealth Department of Health and Aged Care (DHAC) and the National Key Centre for Social Applications of GIS (GISCA). GISCA is now incorporated into the Australian Population and Migration Research Centre (APMRC). The Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS) Statistical Area Level 1 (SA1) boundaries are overlayed onto the ARIA+ grid and an average score is calculated based upon the grid points that are contained within each SA1. The resulting average score determines which remoteness category is allocated to each SA1. Further criteria are used by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) to refine RAs. The data is from the May 2018 release of Administrative Boundaries.

For more information, please refer to the Product Description.

Note: On 1 October 2020, PSMA Australia Limited began trading as Geoscape Australia.

Administrative Boundaries data serves as a foundation for several other datasets provided by PSMA as well as being a valuable dataset in its own right. The common geometric base allows users to apply the spatial data to the full extent of coverage. This common infrastructure facilitates data integration with supplementary data supplied in the future.

AURIN has merged the State/Territory based shapefiles into a national dataset.

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Additional Info

Field Value
Last Updated November 16, 2020, 08:14 (UTC)
Created December 5, 2019, 01:44 (UTC)
License Data Licence (PSMA Distribution Pty Limited)
Aggregation Level NA
Attribute List Area, Geometry, Remoteness Category Code, Remoteness Code, State or Territory ID, Unique ID
Attribution PSMA Australia Limited trading as Geoscape Australia, PSMA - Administrative Boundaries - Remoteness Areas 2016 (Polygon) May 2018; accessed from AURIN on [date of access].
Coordinate Ref. System EPSG:4283 (GDA_1994)
Copyright Notice © PSMA Australia Limited trading as Geoscape Australia 2018 [Copyright Notice and Disclaimer](
Geometry Field wkb_geometry
Key remoteness_2016_pid
Type dataset
spatial {"type": "Polygon", "coordinates": [[[96.82, -43.74], [168.0, -43.74], [168.0, -9.14], [96.82, -9.14], [96.82, -43.74]]]}