2039.0 - Information Paper: Census of Population and Housing -- Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas, Australia, 2001  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 06/11/2003   
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Product Description

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, and is a continuum of advantage to disadvantage. Low values indicate areas of disadvantage; and high values indicate areas of advantage.
    • Index of Disadvantage - focuses on low income earners, relatively lower educational attainment and high unemployment.
    • Index of Economic Resources - This index includes variables that are associated with economic resources. Variables include rent paid, income by family type, mortgage payments, and rental properties.
    • Index of Education and Occupation - This index includes all education and occupation variables only.
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