2 Replies Latest reply on Mar 8, 2015 8:18 PM by Alan Eldridge

    ABS Australian Suburb Boundaries Files

    Nathan Krisanski

      Hi Guys,


      Following from our meetup last week, a few people have asked me about the custom polygons that we used to visually display on maps for Australian Suburbs.


      This data is freely available on the ABS site, and here is the link for the latest files used with 2011 census:



      The files you want are the ESRI Shapefile Format links.


      There is also the SSC (2006 census boundaries) data available on this link (This is actually what we used as we did the work pre-2011):



      From here you can use a script to convert to csv and import into a relational database to connect tableau to (or use an extract of the csv file).

      A quick google search returned this link: http://resources.arcgis.com/gallery/file/geoprocessing/details?entryID=95009B25-1422-2418-7FB5-B8638ECB2FA9, but there are plenty of options out there.


      I have also come across a side project called TabGeoHack. A way to implement custom filled maps in Tableau 7.0. This is an unsupported hack, and I haven't tried it before, but its worth a look at aswell if you are playing with this type of analysis.