Thematic maps of the SEIFA indexes are an excellent way of observing the spatial distribution of relative socio-economic advantage and disadvantage, and can also add contextual information (street maps, satellite images) to each index score.

Users with the appropriate technical skills and software can generate maps of SEIFA using geographic information systems (GIS). The indexes and appropriate boundary data can be downloaded from the ABS website.

For SEIFA 2011, we have made provision for users with limited technical knowledge to generate thematic maps, by releasing KMZ files that can be opened in Google Earth®, allowing the indexes to be viewed. These files can be downloaded from the downloads tab of the SEIFA publication Census of Population and Housing: Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas (SEIFA), Australia, 2011 (cat. no. 2033.0.55.001).