1003.0 - LEP Newsletter (Issue No. 59), Nov 2006
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 07/12/2006
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SEIFA 2001 - Now free on ABS web siteSocio Economic Indexes for Areas, Australia 2001 is now available free of charge on the ABS web site. SEIFA consists of four summary measures, or indexes, derived from the 2001 Census of Population and Housing, to measure different aspects of socio-economic conditions by all Census geographic areas.
The 2001 Census of Population and Housing provides information on a broad range of social and economic aspects of the Australian population. Nearly 50 questions of social and economic interest are asked in the Census. People using census data are often not just interested in these items taken one at a time, but in an overview or summary of a number of related items. Statistical techniques are used to provide the SEIFA indexes.
There are four indexes:
To read more details on how the SEIFA indexes are calculated, please consult ABS Catalogue Number 2039.0, Information Paper, Census of Population and Housing, Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas, Australia, 2001.
The use of SEIFA indexes can be used for a range of research and business planning. For example a retail organisation wants to know where to set up a new boutique. The Index of Relative Socio Economic Advantage/Disadvantage could be used to pinpoint suburbs with high advantage, which will help the organisation to identify suitable locations. SEIFA 2001 Indexes are presented on the ABS web site by separate States. The ABS Catalogue Number is 2033.x.55.001 (x = State).
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