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Appendix 3: Region of residence classification scheme


Where postcode data were available, postcodes were mapped to Australian Bureau of Statistics regions. These are based on the Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC).44 The ASGC has four hierarchical levels:
    • State/Territory (S/T)
    • Statistical Division (SD)
    • Statistical Subdivision (SSD)
    • Statistical Local Area (SLA)
    We have reported at the level of Statistical Divisions (SD) for non-Sydney regions and Statistical Subdivisions (SSD) for metropolitan Sydney as shown in Figure 3-1 and Figure 3-2. This is in accordance with the practice of the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research.

    As one postcode may belong in more than one subdivision inquiries have been randomly allocated based on the weighting accorded to the postcodes. This information about postcode distribution comes from the Postal Area To Statistical Local Area 2001 Concordance.45

    Population percentages were calculated using 2001 Census data.46

    A number of postcodes could be identified as those for ‘large volume recipients’. These, together with the CBD postcodes (1003, 1010, 1172, 1208, 1300, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2013, 2020), were formed into a group called ‘Business’. This group has been excluded from analysis. This affected the Inner Sydney Statistical Subdivision in particular. The rest of Inner Sydney was mapped to the Inner Sydney Statistical Subdivision.

    Inquiries from outside NSW (including the ACT) have been excluded from the analysis.

    Figure 3-1:  New South Wales Statistical Division boundaries


    Figure 3-2:  Sydney Statistical Subdivision boundaries


    Table 3-1:  NSW Statistical Divisions
    HunterIllawarraRichmond–TweedMid-North Coast
    CessnockKiamaBallina Bellingen
    DungogShellharbourByron Coffs Harbour
    GloucesterShoalhavenKyogleCopmanhurst
    Great LakesWingecarribeeLismoreGrafton
    Lake MacquarieWollongongRichmond ValleyGreater Taree
    MaitlandTweedHastings
    MerriwaKempsey
    MurrurundiLord Howe Island
    MuswellbrookMaclean
    NewcastleNambucca
    Port StephensPristine Waters
    Scone
    Singleton
    NorthernNorth WesternCentral WestSouth Eastern
    Armidale DumaresqBoganBathurstBega Valley
    BarrabaBourkeBlandBombala
    BingaraBrewarrinaBlayneyBoorowa
    Glen InnesCobarCabonneCooma-Monaro
    GunnedahCoolahCowra Crookwell
    GuyraCoonabarabranEvansEurobodalla
    InverellCoonambleForbesGoulburn
    ManillaDubboGreater LithgowGunning
    Moree PlainsGilgandraLachlanHarden
    NarrabriMudgee OberonMulwaree
    NundleNarromineOrangeQueanbeyan
    Parry WalgettParkesSnowy River
    Quirindi WarrenRylstoneTallaganda
    Severn WellingtonWeddinYarrowlumla
    Tamworth Yass
    Tenterfield Young
    Uralla
    Walcha
    Yallaroi
    MurrumbidgeeMurrayFar West
    Carrathool AlburyBroken Hill
    Coolamon BalranaldCentral Darling
    Cootamundra BerriganUnincorporated Far West
    Griffith Conargo
    Gundagai Corowa
    Hay Culcairn
    Junee Deniliquin
    Leeton Holbrook
    Lockhart Hume
    Murrumbidgee Jerilderie
    Narrandera Murray
    Temora Tumbarumba
    Tumut Urana
    Wagga WaggaWakool
    Wentworth
    Windouran

    Table 3-2:  Sydney Statistical Subdivisions
    Inner SydneyOuter South Western SydneyLower Northern Sydney
    Botany BayCamdenHunters Hill
    LeichhardtCampbelltownLane Cove
    MarrickvilleWollondillyMosman
    South SydneyNorth Sydney
    SydneyRyde
    Willoughby
    Eastern SuburbsInner Western SydneyCentral Northern Sydney
    RandwickAshfieldBaulkham Hills
    WaverleyBurwoodHornsby
    WoollahraConcordKu-ring-gai
    Drummoyne
    Strathfield
    St George–SutherlandCentral Western SydneyNorthern Beaches
    HurstvilleAuburnManly
    KogarahHolroydPittwater
    RockdaleParramattaWarringah
    Sutherland
    Canterbury–BankstownOuter Western SydneyGosford–Wyong
    BankstownBlue MountainsGosford
    CanterburyHawkesburyWyong
    Penrith
    Fairfield–LiverpoolBlacktown
    FairfieldBlacktown
    Liverpool


    Australian Bureau of Statistics, National Localities Index, Australia: Localities & Streets Indices and Explanatory Notes for ASGC 2002, Catalogue No. 1252.0, <http://www.ausstats.abs.gov.au/>.
    Australian Bureau of Statistics, Postal Area to Statistical Local Area Concordance, Australia, Catalogue No. 1253.0, ABS, 2001.
    Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2001 Census Basic Community Profile and Snapshot: New South Wales, ABS, <http://www.abs.gov.au/>.

    44  Australian Bureau of Statistics, National Localities Index, Australia: Localities & Streets Indices and Explanatory Notes for ASGC 2002, Catalogue No. 1252.0, <http://www.ausstats.abs.gov.au/>.
    45  Australian Bureau of Statistics, Postal Area to Statistical Local Area Concordance, Australia, Catalogue No. 1253.0, ABS, 2001.
    46  Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2001 Census Basic Community Profile and Snapshot: New South Wales, ABS, <http://www.abs.gov.au/>.


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