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Census of Population and Housing - SEIFA 2001 Product Information

The SEIFA 2001 data and related information are available free on the ABS website on the SEIFA Past releases page.

Information on this page is for those who have previously purchased SEIFA 2001 on CD-ROM.

SEIFA 2001 on CD-ROM
SEIFA 2001 Technical Paper
CDATA 2001 (related product)

The ABS no longer sells the SEIFA 2001 products. Therefore support is limited to the following:
  1. supply of unlock\registration codes, and
  2. the replacement of lost SEIFA 2001 CD-ROM's.

If you require support for the above two reasons, please send an email to Please include the barcode number of your SEIFA 2001 product in the email.

Product Description – SEIFA 2001 on CD-ROM

Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas 2001 (SEIFA 2001) is a product developed especially for those interested in the assessment of the welfare of Australian communities. The ABS has developed indexes to allow ranking of regions/areas, providing a method of determining the level of social and economic well-being in that region.

The four indexes are:

    • Index of Advantage\Disadvantage - A new index for SEIFA 2001. This index is a continuum of advantage to disadvantage and is available for both urban and rural areas. Low values indicate areas of disadvantage, and high values indicate areas of advantage. It takes into account variables such as the proportion of families with high incomes, people with a tertiary education, and employees in skilled occupations.
    • Index of Disadvantage - This index is derived from attributes such as income, educational attainment, unemployment, and dwellings without motor vehicles. In particular it focuses on low income earners, relatively lower educational attainment and high unemployment.
    • Index of Economic Resources - Variables for this index include those relating to the income, expenditure and assets of families, such as family income, rent paid, mortgage repayments, and dwelling size.
    • Index of Education and Occupation - This index includes variables relating to the educational and occupational characteristics of communities, such as the proportion of people with a higher qualification or those employed in a skilled occupation.
These indexes show where the affluent (as opposed to just high income earning) live; where disadvantaged (as opposed to the unemployed) live: and where the highly skilled and educated (as opposed to the tertiary educated people) live.

SEIFA 2001 provides information and rankings for a wide range of geographic areas.

SEIFA 2001 is available as a standalone product or as an add-on module for use with CDATA 2001 - Full GIS and CDATA 2001 - Quickbuild.


SEIFA 2001 provides information and rankings for a wide range of geographic areas from small areas such as a Collection District (CD) to large areas such as Statistical Divisions. Alternatively, users will be able to customise areas to their own specifications. Geographic areas available are:

ASGC Main Structure;

    • Collection District
    • Statistical Local Area
    • Statistical Sub-Division
    • Statistical Division
    • State
Local Government Area Structure;
    • Local Government Area
    • Statistical Local Area
    • Collection District
Census Specific Hierarchies;
    • Commonwealth Electoral Divisions
    • State Electoral Divisions
    • Postal Area
    • Suburbs


SEIFA 2001 provides the option to print the displayed Index Values or Summary Reports for Areas and Regions.

The Summary Report for Areas will provide data for the selected area for each specified index as follows:

    • Index Value of Area
    • Population of Area
    • Index of CDs Within Area, i.e Min, Max and Median
    • Reference values, at SLA level for either the relevant State, or Australia for comparative purposes
The Index Values Report for Areas will contain all the information in Summary reports for Areas in addition to a much more detailed listing showing the index values at the CD or sub-component level.

Summary of Functionality

SEIFA 2001 is similar to SEIFA96 with some enhancements. A new interface design makes the software easy to use through either the mouse or keyboard - as shown below.

Image: SEIFA2001 Interface

SEIFA 2001 will enable clients to:

    • Display selected indexes for any selected standard or customised geographic area
    • Print a report
    • Aggregate regions of interest into Custom Regions
    • Access on-line help

Ease of use

An easy to use SEIFA 2001 interface allows you to select geography/s and transfer your selection to an output window, custom regions can also be created and will provide functions for opening datasets, importing/exporting data, printing, copying a selection to the clipboard, and accessing help.


SEIFA 2001 will enable clients to sort their SEIFA 2001 reports in a number of ways. Sorting methods include in ascending/descending or numerical order as well as sorting numerically by area or region code or alphabetically by area or region name.

Image: SEIFA2001 Sorting Options

Product Options

The 'Standalone' SEIFA 2001 contains the indexes in tabular form, and the names and codes of the geographic areas. The fully documented software is designed to enable you to calculate and analyse index values and produce reports on the areas defined. The indexes can be exported to spreadsheets and other packages.

SEIFA 2001 Add-On module for CDATA 2001 contains the same data as the standalone version but the software will be fully compatible with CDATA 2001, the most up-to-date package of tabulation and mapping software and detailed census data on CD-ROM. You will be able to make use of the powerful area selection and display functionality in CDATA 2001 to access and analyse the indexes, and present the results as tables, maps or graphs.

Note: The decryption key will provide access to both the standalone and the Add-On module.

SEIFA 2001 Consultancy Service

Alternatively, SEIFA 2001 consultants can do the job for you and provide indexes tailored to your needs in the form of an information consultancy.

Operating Environment

SEIFA 2001 is Microsoft Windows Operating Systems compliant and will operate on the following platforms - WIN 98SE, 2000, and XP and, WIN NT 4.0. The interface has been designed for ease of use and has on-line help.


SEIFA 2001 will allow importing of comma separated value (delimited ASCII) files containing custom area names and geographic codes, and the export facilities will allow SEIFA 2001 reports to be saved in different formats for use within other packages. Data can be exported in CSV format, delimited ASCII (text file), or in Tabulated format for more extensive geographic analysis.

Documentation and Help Facilities

SEIFA 2001 will provide a softcopy user manual integrated with the on-line help

Price as at 30/06/2010

Product no longer sold.

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Call our National Information and Referral Service (NIRS) on 1300 135 070 for more information on SEIFA 2001.

Outside Australia call: +61 2 9268 4909

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