Census of Population and Housing 1981: Geographic Descriptor File

What is the GDF?

Reord structure and Field Data Code Groups

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What is the GDF?

The Geographic Descriptor File (GDF) shows, for each State, statistical division, statistical subdivision (or district), local government area (LGA) and LGA section, the name of the geographic area and its 1976 person and dwelling counts (where available) based on the geographic area as defined for the 1981 Census. Its major use is in conjunction with the Collection District Summary File and Local Government Area Summary File which contains only the codes for geographic areas.

There are 4343 logical records, each of 120 characters in length, and eight different record types.

For some basic information about the way Census 81 was planned, designed, executed and processed, information on the person and dwelling characteristics included in statistical output and some guidance to other census products, see "Making Sense of Census 81".


Record structure

The structure of the GDF record is as follows:


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