2902.0 - Census Update (Newsletter), Aug 1998  
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Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas 96

Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas 96 (SEIFA) is the latest CD-ROM product to become available from the 1996 Census of Population and Housing. Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas is a powerful analytical tool that allows you to compare the socio-economic conditions of different geographic areas.

Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas consists of five indexes that have been specially constructed in order to reveal:

    • where the affluent (as opposed to just high income earning) live
    • where the disadvantaged (as opposed to the unemployed) live, and
    • where the highly skilled and educated (as opposed to people holding degrees) live.
These five indexes are:

Urban Index of Advantage - an indicator of relative socio-economic well-being, containing items such as high income, tertiary education, home ownership and skilled occupations.

Rural Index of Advantage - makes the distinction between being advantaged in the city and being advantaged in the country, by looking at characteristics related specifically to rural areas.

Index of Disadvantage - focuses on items such as low income, relatively lower educational attainment, high unemployment, rented dwellings and people lacking fluency in English.

Index of Economic Resources - highlights what could be summarised as assets, income and expenditure - focusing on economic resources of a household including family income, housing status and car ownership.

Index of Education and Occupation - provides specific rankings based on educational background and type of occupation.

If your organisation is involved in targeting products or services, strategic planning, funds allocation or social/economic research, Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas can help analyse consumer profiles, identify features unique to a target group, and assist in new business locations.

Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas are planned for release in September 1998 and will be available as a stand alone product or as an Add-On Datapak to CDATA96.

If you would like more information on Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas 96, tick the box on the order form or call the ABS office in your State or Territory.

          Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas provides information and rankings for a wide range of geographic areas, from Collection District through to State.

          Alternatively, areas can be customised to your requirements via our Consultancy Service.