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Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas

SEIFA provides measures of socio-economic conditions by geographic area


Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas (SEIFA) is a product developed by the ABS that ranks areas in Australia according to relative socio-economic advantage and disadvantage. The indexes are based on information from the five-yearly Census.

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SEIFA 2016

SEIFA 2011

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SEIFA 2011 is the latest version of this product and consists of four indexes:
  • The Index of Relative Socio-Economic Disadvantage (IRSD)
  • The Index of Relative Socio-Economic Advantage and Disadvantage (IRSAD)
  • The Index of Education and Occupation (IEO)
  • The Index of Economic Resources (IER).

Each index is a summary of a different subset of Census variables and focuses on a different aspect of socio-economic advantage and disadvantage.

Some common uses of SEIFA include:
  • determining areas that require funding and services
  • identifying new business opportunities
  • research into the relationship between socio-economic disadvantage and various health and educational outcomes.

View and download all SEIFA material free of charge by browsing the links on the right.

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