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Australian Bureau of Statistics ABS Australia's official national statistical agency.
Australian Statistical Geography Standard ASGS The geographical standard developed by the ABS for the collection and dissemination of geographic statistics. It replaced the Australian Standard Geographical Classification from July 2011, as the standard geographical framework for ABS data.
Blue Mountains Region Blue Mountains Statistical Local Area
Bureau of Transport Statistics BTS Is a Centre of Excellence within Transport for NSW that provides objective and credible transport data, advice and analysis on transport in NSW.
Central Coast Region Gosford and Wyong Statistical Local Areas
Collection District CD Smallest geographical area used by the ABS in censuses prior to 2011. From 2011, CD's were replaced with Statistical Areas Level 1 (SA1s).
Destination Zone DZN Destination Zones (DZNs) are the spatial unit used to code Census Place of Work (POWP) data. The DZNs are built from whole Mesh Blocks and aggregate to Statistical Areas Level 2 (SA2s).
Dwelling type Structure of dwelling e.g. detached house, flat.
Dump codes Dump codes are codes assigned to records with incomplete workplace address information.
Estimated Resident Population ERP Is the official measure of the population of Australia, based on the concept of usual residence. Adjustments are made on the latest Census population counts, to include usual residents who are overseas for less than 12 months and to exclude overseas visitors who are in Australia for less then 12 months.
Ferry Load Census A count of all passengers boarding and disembarking at each service stop, on all Inner Harbour and Parramatta River services. The week long census is conducted twice a year in May and November.
Geographic Information System GIS Digital mapping and database system
Greater Metropolitan Area GMA The conurbation of greater metropolitan Sydney including the Blue Mountains, Central Coast, Newcastle and the Lower Hunter, and Wollongong.
Harbour City Ferries HCF Formerly Sydney Ferries. Operator of Sydney Ferry services under the NSW Government's franchise model since 28 July 2012.
Home Interview Survey HIS Survey of personal travel carried out in 1981 and 1991/92
Household Travel Survey HTS A household survey of personal travel for residents of the Sydney GMA, conducted annually since June 1997. The survey collects information about people's day-to-day travel such as where they go, when they travel, the purpose of the trip, the means of transport used and the costs associated with the trip.
Home based Work HBW Journeys from home to work and work to home combined, including those with a stop on the way.
Home to Work HTW The home to work end of the tour only.
Household vehicles Number of registered vehicles usually garaged at the household overnight, whether privately or company owned.
Journey to Work JTW Dataset based on ABS Census information on employed persons, including work location, industry, occupation and how they travel to work.
Linked trip A journey from one activity to another, ignoring changes of mode. It may comprise one or more trip legs (or unlinked trips) using one or more transport modes.
Local Government Area LGA A geographical area under the responsibility of an incorporated local government council or an incorporated indigenous government council. LGAs are a non-ABS Structure of the Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS), and are defined by the Departments of Local Government, or their equivalent in each state or territory. The ABS approximates the officially defined boundaries with aggregations of Mesh Blocks.
Mesh block The smallest geographic unit defined by the ASGS. Mesh blocks can be aggregated to represent many different geographical regions. There are approximately 347,500 mesh blocks in all of Australia.
Mode Method of travel. Reported as single mode, mode combinations or priority mode based on a hierarchy.
Mode share Mode share is estimated for each mode from the number of trips made.
Motorised travel Trips by private vehicle, train, bus, ferry, monorail, light rail and aircraft. Excludes walking and bicycle trips.
Newcastle Region Newcastle Statistical Sub-Division.
New South Wales NSW State of New South Wales.
New South Wales Trains Train operator for rail services beyond metropolitan Sydney.
Non Private Dwellings NPDs Non-private dwellings are establishments which provide a communal type of accommodation. Examples of categories are: Hotel, motel; Boarding house, private hotel; Public hospital (not psychiatric); and Child care institution.
Occupied Private Dwellings OPDs For Census purposes, OPDs are equal to the total number of households, as a Census form is completed for each household from which dwelling information for the household is obtained.
Origin/Destination O/D Matrices with counts of trips between origin and destination pairs, usually at the Travel Zone level
Priority Mode Where more than one mode is used for the trip but output is requested for separate modes, the trip is allocated to the mode with the highest priority. Note that the priority order is slightly different for HTS and JTW
Private vehicle Includes all motorised vehicles such as cars, 4WDs, vans, motorbikes, motor scooters, utes and trucks. Private vehicle trips may be as a driver or passenger.
Public Transport Shared passenger transport service which is available for use by the general public. Refers to train, bus, ferry, tram or light rail whether provided by government or private sector operators.
Roads & Maritime Service RMS Formerly RTA (Roads & Traffic Authority).
Rural and Regional New South Wales RRNSW The rest of the state excluding the Greater Metropolitan Area of Sydney.
Small Area Employment Forecast Model SAEFM The BTS uses the SAEFM to produce estimates of employment for future years at the TZ level, including base year estimates for the most recent Census year.
Station Barrier Counts The number of passengers entering (IN) and exiting (OUT) each train station.
Statistical Area Levels 1-4 ABS geographies that are part of the new ASGS first implemented in the 2011 census.
Statistical Area Level 1 SA1 The second smallest geographic area defined by the ASGS. The SA1 has been designed for use in the Census of Population and Housing as the smallest unit for the processing and the release of Census data.
Statistical Area Level 2 SA2 An area defined in the ASGS and consists of one or more whole SA1s. SA2s are based on officially gazetted State suburbs and localities. In urban areas SA2s largely conform to whole suburbs and combinations of whole suburbs, while in rural areas they define functional zones of social and economic links.
Statistical Area Level 3 SA3 SA3s are built from aggregations of whole SA2 boundaries to represent regions of between approximately 30,000 people and 130,000 people to cover the whole of Australia. SA3 boundaries fit within whole SA4 boundaries.
Statistical Area Level 4 SA4 SA4s are aggregations of whole SA3 boundaries and fit wholly within state and territory boundaries. SA4s are designed to reflect one or more whole labour markets for the release of Labour Force Survey data. SA4s are required to have large populations of over 100,000 people in order to enable accurate labour force survey data to be generated on each SA4.
Statistical Division SD A Statistical Division (SD) is an Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC) defined area used prior to the 2011 Census. They consisted of one or more Statistical Subdivisions (SSDs) and covered, in aggregate, the whole of Australia without gaps or overlaps. They did not cross State or Territory boundaries and were the largest statistical building blocks of states and territories.
Statistical Sub-Division SSD The SSD is an ASGC defined area used prior to the 2011 Census which represented an intermediate level, general purpose, regional type geographic unit. SSDs consisted of one or more Statistical Local Areas (SLAs).
Statistical Local Area SLA A Statistical Local Area is an ASGC defined area used prior to the 2011 Census which consists of one or more Collection Districts (CDs). Statistical Local Areas have been made available in 2011 to provide a bridging unit between the ASGC and the ASGS.
Sydney Strategic Travel Model STM A BTS model used to project travel patterns in Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong under different land use, transport and pricing scenarios. It can be used to test alternative settlement, employment and transport policies, to identify likely future capacity constraints, or to determine potential usage levels of proposed new transport infrastructure or services.
Study Area The BTS Study Area presently covers the Greater Metropolitan Area (GMA). Prior to 1996 only part of the Illawarra was included
Sustainable modes Refers to walking, cycling and public transport.
Sydney Cycling Survey A household survey which collects information about the incidence and nature of cycling, the characteristics of cyclists and cycling participation in the Sydney Greater Metropolitan Area.
Sydney Trains Train operator for rail services within metropolitan Sydney.
Travel Day Once a household is selected for the HTS, it is allocated a travel date, called the household's 'travel day'. This is the date for which members of the household record their trips over a 24-hour period, from 4am on their Travel Day to 4am of the next day
Travel Zone TZ Small geographic area defined by BTS and is used as the basis for transport modelling and data analysis.
Travel Zone Explorer An interactive tool which provides information on the current and future population, employment and workforce for travel zones.
Travel Zone Population Forecasting TZPF A BTS model producing population forecasts for travel zones. The model takes into account data on dwellings and, population within the Sydney, Newcastle and Illawarra regions.
Unlinked trip A single trip leg.
Walk link The walking component (unlinked trip leg) to or from another transport mode, usually a public transport mode.
Wollongong Region Illawarra Statistical Division