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Spatial Data

Linking data with geography offers new analysis opportunities and facilitates the linking and integration of different datasets based on their location to facilitate research, service planning and enhanced decision making processes.

The Hugo Centre has created various spatial datasets, some of which are available for purchase, others which are viewable via a web map/app or downloadable at no cost through partnerships developed with other organisations/entities listed below. The most recognised spatial datasets developed and managed by the Hugo Centre are accessibility/remoteness indices, namely ARIA, Metro ARIA and PhARIA.

If you are interested in development of a new spatial dataset or require a spatial contract research service, please email the Hugo Centre.

Accessibility/Remoteness Index of Australia (ARIA)

ARIA map

The Hugo Centre is responsible for the ongoing development and maintenance of the Accessibility/Remoteness Index of Australia (ARIA), and its successors ARIA+ and ARIA++.

ARIA is currently used by a number of organisations. Notably, one of the ARIA products (ARIA+) forms the basis for the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Remoteness Area classification (ASGS-RA) and has been the standard ABS endorsed measure of remoteness since 2001.

ARIA values (to 2 decimal places) are available for Australian Bureau of Statistic (ABS) geographies and non-ABS geographies (eg Local Government Areas) as well as raw ARIA scores for populated localities used in the creation of the index. For more information, please visit the ARIA info page.

The Hugo Centre distributes two versions of ARIA (ARIA+ & ARIA++) for four different time periods (2001, 2006, 2011 and 2016), with ARIA 2016 the most recent data release.

To purchase an ARIA product, please use the ARIA Order Form to place an online order. For more information or assistance with placing an ARIA order, please email the Hugo Centre.

Metro ARIA

MARIA_2StatesThe Metropolitan Accessibility/Remoteness Index of Australia (Metro ARIA) is a composite spatial index that reflects the ease or difficulty people face accessing basic services within a metropolitan context.

Metro ARIA is derived from the measurement of road distances from land parcels within Australia's eight capital cities (Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Darwin Melbourne, Perth and Sydney) to services locations belonging to five service themes: (1) Education; (2) Health; (3) Shopping; (4) Public Transport; and (5) Financial/Postal Services.

Metro ARIA is one of over 1,000+ datasets currently available to urban researchers through the AURIN portal. For more information please click here.

Pharmacy ARIA (PhARIA)

PhARIA values for AustraliaPhARIA, like ARIA and Metro ARIA, is a composite index incorporating measurements of general remoteness, as represented by ARIA, with a professional isolation component represented by the road distance to the five (5) closest pharmacies.

The PhARIA was designed (in partnership with the Dept. of Health and the Pharmacy Guild of Australia) to provide a comprehensive, standardised measurement of the physical and professional remoteness of pharmacies throughout Australia, for use in the determination of rural and remote pharmacy allowances.

For more information, please visit our PhARIA page.

Geocoding Services

MapMonkey is an innovative geocoding service which has been developed for use by University of Adelaide staff and postgraduate students.

MapMonkey offers high accuracy geocoding of address data so that tabular data can be mapped and analysed spatially, providing a new perspective on complex datasets by considering the value of location.

To login to the Service or for more information, please visit the  MapMonkey website.

Spatial Web Applications

Interactive web mapping services developed and maintained by the Hugo Centre can be selected below.

ARIA+ (2011)

ARIA+ (2006 & 2001)


LGA Non-Metropolitan Population Projections (2011-2026) - Persons Aged 70+

Hugo Centre for Migration and Population Research

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Faculty of Arts
The University of Adelaide
Napier Building
North Terrace, Adelaide
South Australia 5005


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