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Regional overview

About regional overview

The regional overview allows you to search for a community (or other location) and view statistics about a region that community is in. You can then compare that region to other regions.

You can search for communities and locations in 3 ways: 1) by entering the name of a community or location in the community search box above; 2) by using the interactive map in Search on map; 3) by selecting the name of a community or location in the List of communities.

You can always use Search on map to select a region if you are not able to find the name of a community or location in that region through the search box or the List of communities.

When you search for a community or location through the community search box, statistics about the relevant ‘Indigenous Region’ will be shown first. You can view statistics for smaller or larger regions by choosing a different ‘region type’. The examples below show different region types that you could select after searching for the community Mangkurrupa.

Suggestions for additional locations, or location names, that should be included in RIFIC are very welcome.

Indigenous communities

The communities and other locations that can be found through the RIFIC regional overview search include the locations in the Australian Government Indigenous Programs & Policy Locations (AGIL) data set. The AGIL locations are referred to as Indigenous communities on RIFIC.

View more information at Communities and locations page.

Region types

Most of the region types used on this website come from the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS). Updated after every census, the ASGS is a framework of different region types designed for statistical analysis and reporting. Each region type has a set of regions that together cover all of Australia.

The main structure of the ASGS has region types with regions that reflect where people live. Regions are relatively small in densely populated parts of Australia and relatively big in less densely populated parts to even out the variation in population size between regions.

The Indigenous structure of the ASGS has region types with regions that reflect where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people live. The sizes of the regions belonging to these region types depend on the density of the Indigenous population.

Indigenous Areas map example
Indigenous Areas

Indigenous Areas (IAREs) are part of the ASGS’s Indigenous structure. With populations mostly ranging from a few hundred to a few thousand Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, IAREs are medium-sized regions with populations that are large enough for the release of detailed statistics. Example: Mangkurrupa is located within the Nyirripi and Tanami Outstations IARE.

Indigenous Regions map example
Indigenous Regions

Indigenous Regions (IREGs) are made up of whole IAREs and are also part of the ASGS’s Indigenous structure. IREGs are loosely based on the former Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission boundaries and have Indigenous populations ranging from a few thousand up to about 85,000 people. Example: Mangkurrupa is located within the Apatula IREG, which surrounds (but does not include) the small Alice Springs IREG.

Statistical Areas Level 2 map example
Statistical Areas Level 2

Statistical Areas Level 2 (SA2s) are part of the ASGS’s main structure. With populations generally ranging from 3,000 to 25,000 people, SA2s are designed to reflect communities that interact socially and economically. Example: Mangkurrupa is located within the Tanami SA2.

Statistical Areas Level 3 map example
Statistical Areas Level 3

Statistical Areas Level 3 (SA3s) are made up of whole SA2s and are also part of the ASGS’s main structure. With populations generally ranging from 30,000 to 130,000 people, SA3s are typically clusters of related suburbs in larger cities, regional towns with surrounding areas or large regions in parts of Australia where there are no larger towns. Example: Mangkurrupa is located within the Alice Springs SA3.

State and Territories map example
State and Territories

States and Territories are Australia’s 6 states, the Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory. Example: Mangkurrupa is located within the Northern Territory.

Regions located inside other regions map example
Regions located inside other regions

Some regions can be surrounded by other regions of the same type. For example, the Australian Capital Territory is surrounded by New South Wales. This can also apply to regions at lower levels of geography. For example, the Alice Springs Indigenous Region is surrounded by the Apatula Indigenous Region. When a region that completely surrounds another region has been selected, the statistics shown do not include the surrounded region. For example, when the Apatula Indigenous Region is selected, the statistics shown do not include the Alice Springs Indigenous Region.