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The remoteness of a location at which a person lives, based on the physical road distance to the nearest urban centre and its population size, as represented by a code.


Data Element (this item)


This representation is based on the value domain for this data element, more information is available at " Remoteness classification (ASGC-RA) N ".
Data Type String
Format N
Maximum character length 1
Value Meaning Start Date End Date
Permissible Values 1 Major cities of Australia
2 Inner regional Australia
3 Outer regional Australia
4 Remote Australia
5 Very remote Australia
6 Migratory
Supplementary Values 9 Not stated/inadequately described


Guide for use:

The remoteness classification of an entity can be derived using characteristics of its physical location, e.g. its postcode or other address details.

The remoteness classification (RA1 to RA5) can be found by entering the postcode or other address details of the person's residence into the Department of Health and Ageing's Remoteness area locator, available on the DoctorConnect website. The website can be accessed via the following link:



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As a denominator in an Indicator 0
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