Data specifications and definitions

Number of records:15,273
Last updated:
Update frequency:Quarterly (January, April, July and October)
Geographic coverage:
  • All internal states and territories of Australia (including Jervis Bay Territory)
  • External territories: Christmas Island, Norfolk Island and Cocos (Keeling) Islands
Data formats:CSV, SQL, XLS
Language and Character Encoding:en-AU, UTF-8
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Field formats

FieldExampleTypeDescription
ID1425INTEGERA unique integer identifier for the record.
NameBondi BeachTEXT(37)The official name of the location. If a location has multiple official names they are separated by a forward slash character (for example "Indulkana / Iwantja"). Please see the naming conventions for more information.
Urban areaSydneyTEXT(28)The name of the major urban area (for example "Darwin" or "Sydney") that the location falls in, if applicable. This field is completed for all locations that have the type "Suburb". If the location is not a suburb of a major urban area then this field is left blank.
State codeNSWTEXT(3)The 2 character abbreviation of the state or territory that the location falls in, as defined in ISO 3166-2.
StateNew South WalesTEXT(28)The full name of the state or territory that the location falls in.
Postcode2026TEXT(4)The postcode area that the centre point of the location falls in.
TypeSuburbTEXT(20)The type of location: either "Rural locality", "Urban locality", "Major urban locality" (population > 20,000) or "Suburb".
Latitude-33.89054NUMERIC(8,5)The WGS83 latitude coordinate for the centre point of the location.
Longitude151.27486NUMERIC(8,5)The WGS83 longitude coordinate for the centre point of the location.
Elevation18INTEGERThe elevation above sea-level for the centre point of the location.
Area (km2)1.219NUMERIC(9,3)The physical area of the location in km2.
Local government areaWaverley (A)TEXT(32)The local government area that the location falls in. The local government area name is postfixed by its type in brackets (for example "Toowoomba (R)" denotes a Regional Council). A full list of types can be found on the ABS website. If a location does not have a local government, then this field contains the text "Unincorporated".
Time zoneAustralia/SydneyTEXT(21)The IANA time zone for the location.

Naming conventions

All names in the data follow a consistent naming convention. Specifically: