Service Areas

In a grant agreement the ‘service area’ sets out where an organisation will draw most of its clients from and the communities it will work with. 

In all DSS Streamlined Grant Agreements the Statistical Areas levels in the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ (ABS) Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS) 2011 will be used to define service areas. In the past, you may have chosen a variety of boundaries as service areas such as postcodes or Local Government Areas.

When completing grants applications, you will need to select the combination of Statistical Areas which best reflects the area you intend to service. The ABS Census mapping tool provides information about Statistical Areas and allows you to compare against other boundaries such as postcode.

The Statistical Area levels are a hierarchy of regions that cover the whole of Australia.  For general information about the ASGS, see the ABS’s Geography page and a summary of the ASGS structure.

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