Service Areas

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

The geographical areas used in most grant agreements will be the Statistical Area levels that are set by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) and can be found in the Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS) 2011. You can find general information about the ASGS on the ABS’s Geography page and a summary of the ASGS structure.

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.

There may be cases, specified in a particular grant opportunity, where an agency or program will set a different boundary, for example postcodes or Local Government Areas.