ARIA and the associated RA classification developed by the ABS is now widely accepted as the standard measure of remoteness for Australia. By far the major issue for the identified areas of concern is that these towns lie close to the breakpoints of the RA classification.

Making a greater number of classes for the RA classification would create more boundaries and would only increase the number of towns that lie close to a boundary.
It is recommended that an “area of uncertainty” be created around the existing breakpoints of the RA classification.

All towns in this area would then be closely examined and classified into an RA class taking into account all other towns that are in close proximity.

The Department would need to rename this classification, as the new classification would no longer be the RA classification. It is suggested that this classification be called Health Remoteness Classification (HRC)

This area of uncertainty be created would include:.
1. All CDs whose ARIA value lies within 10% of an RA breakpoint value
2. An area that lies within 10 kilometres of the RA boundary.
If this methodology was implemented all towns identified as areas of concern would fall into this area of uncertainty, and could be reclassified into a new HRC classification that would better reflect their similarity. This would be undertaken by a panel of experts comprising representatives from the Department, the health profession and academia.

The following Australia and State maps (Figure 27 to Figure 34) show the areas of uncertainty , the towns of concern as well as the existing RA classification.
Figure 27 Remoteness Areas with 10 % uncertain areas and 10 km breakpoint buffer – Australia
Figure 27 Remoteness Areas with 10 % uncertain areas and 10 km breakpoint buffer – Australia
Figure 28 Remoteness Areas with 10 % uncertain areas and 10 km breakpoint buffer – New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory
Figure 28 Remoteness Areas with 10 % uncertain areas and 10 km breakpoint buffer – New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory
Figure 29 Remoteness Areas with 10 % uncertain areas and 10 km breakpoint buffer – Victoria
Figure 29 Remoteness Areas with 10 % uncertain areas and 10 km breakpoint buffer – Victoria
Figure 30 Remoteness Areas with 10 % uncertain areas and 10 km breakpoint buffer – Queensland
Figure 30 Remoteness Areas with 10 % uncertain areas and 10 km breakpoint buffer – Queensland
Figure 31 Remoteness Areas with 10 % uncertain areas and 10 km breakpoint buffer – South Australia
Figure 31 Remoteness Areas with 10 % uncertain areas and 10 km breakpoint buffer – South Australia
Figure 32 Remoteness Areas with 10 % uncertain areas and 10 km breakpoint buffer – Western Australia
Figure 32 Remoteness Areas with 10 % uncertain areas and 10 km breakpoint buffer – Western Australia
Figure 33 Remoteness Areas with 10 % uncertain areas and 10 km breakpoint buffer – Tasmania
Figure 33 Remoteness Areas with 10 % uncertain areas and 10 km breakpoint buffer – Tasmania
Figure 34 Remoteness Areas with 10 % uncertain areas and 10 km breakpoint buffer – Northern Territory
Figure 34 Remoteness Areas with 10 % uncertain areas and 10 km breakpoint buffer – Northern Territory