2902.0 - Census Update (Newsletter), Mar 2004  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 26/03/2004   
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Following the November release of SEIFA 2001, a technical paper has been developed to provide a better understanding of the variable development process and background to the SEIFA 2001 product.

SEIFA 2001 is an analytical tool that allows you to assess and compare the social and economic well-being of Australian communities. SEIFA consists of four indexes and has a number of applications including market segmentation, determining areas requiring funding and services and identifying business locations.

The Technical Paper provides a full description of the data and it's limitations, more detail about the methods used in calculating the indexes, an explanation of how each index was constructed and validated, and a description of limitations of the indexes themselves. Through outlining some of the issues to consider when using SEIFA, users are able to gain a better understanding of the indexes and their application.

For a free copy of the Technical paper or more information regarding SEIFA 2001, visit the SEIFA web page.