Australian Bureau of Statistics
Assessing the needs and opportunities of Australian communities, Nov 2003
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Assessing the needs and opportunities of Australian communities
What makes Hobart the most disadvantaged capital city in Australia and Canberra the least disadvantaged?
The assessment and comparison of the social and economic conditions of cities, towns, suburbs and neighbourhoods is now possible through the resource tool, Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas (SEIFA) 2001, released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
Director of Census Products and Services, Michael Beahan said SEIFA 2001 uses demographic profiling to provide public and private sector organisations with a powerful strategic planning tool.
"SEIFA is made up of four indices. Each index combines a number of variables derived from the 2001 Census like income, education and employment to determine an index value for a wide range of areas across the whole of Australia," he said.
"The indices can be used to compare and rank different areas of Australia. It can show where the affluent, as opposed to just the high income earning live; where the disadvantaged, as opposed to the unemployed live; and where the highly educated and skilled, as opposed to the tertiary educated people live."
"Being ranked disadvantaged by SEIFA is not a negative reflection of a city. It simply provides decision-makers with the knowledge of where different needs and opportunities exist within our communities."
SEIFA's four indices:
"Any organisation or government agency, big or small, can use SEIFA to provide an insight into the demographics of their community."
Potential uses of SEIFA include:
SEIFA 2001 is available as either a stand-alone software package or as an Add-On to CDATA 2001. It varies in price depending on the area covered by the indexes - for all states and territories the price is $2,500.
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