Geographical structures

The geographical structures available for the latest Social Health Atlases of Australia and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Health Atlas are detailed below. Data by Statistical Local Area, Medicare Local and Local Hospital Network, based on the Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC), are no longer being updated. The final release data and maps based on these geographies, together with Census data by Statistical Area Level 2, are available from the Data archive section of the website.

Social Health Atlases of Australia

Population Health Areas

Population Health Areas (PHAs) are comprised of a combination of whole SA2s and multiple (aggregates of) SA2s, where the SA2 is an area in the new ABS structure - the Australian Statistical Geographical Standard (ASGS), July 2011. For further information, refer to the Population Health Areas: Overview.

To find the code and/or name of a PHA, refer to the full list of Population Health Areas (including Statistical Areas Level 2 (SA2)). In addition, to search for a suburb and determine which PHAs this suburb falls into and what percentage of the suburb's population is in a PHA, refer to the suburb to PHA correspondence (xls).

For shapefiles of PHAs, refer to the PHA shape files.

Local Government Areas

The LGAs presented in the PHIDU Social Health Atlases are based on the Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS): Volume 3 - Non ABS Structures, July 2011.

Local Government Areas (LGAs) are an Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) approximation of officially gazetted LGAs as defined by each State and Territory Local Government Department. LGAs cover incorporated areas of Australia. For further information regarding the LGA structure, refer to the ABS information at: Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS): Volume 3 - Non ABS Structures, July 2015.

Primary Health Networks

Primary Health Networks (PHNs) comprise 31 primary health care organisations across Australia. For further information, including digital boundary and concordance files, refer to the Department of Health Primary Health Networks information.

Quintiles of Socioeconomic Disadvantage of Area

The Quintiles of Socioeconomic Disadvantage of Area data, presented as Inequality graphs, are based on the ABS Index of Relative Socioeconomic Disadvantage.

Remoteness Areas

The Remoteness graphs and associated data are based on the ABS Remoteness Structure.

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Social Health Atlas of Australia