Wednesday, April 1, 2009


What is SEIFA?

Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas (SEIFA) is a product developed especially for those interested in the assessment of the welfare of Australian communities.

The ABS has developed four indexes to allow ranking of regions, providing a method of determining the level of social and economic well-being in each region.

The four indexes in SEIFA 2006 are:
  • Index of Relative Socio-economic Disadvantage
  • Index of Relative Socio-economic Advantage and Disadvantage
  • Index of Economic Resources
  • Index of Education and Occupation

What can SEIFA be used for?

SEIFA has a number of applications, including research into the relationship between socio-economic status and various health and educational outcomes. It can also be used to determine areas that require funding and services, or to identify new business opportunities.

Want to find out more?

To find out more about SEIFA check out Information Paper: An Introduction to Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas (SEIFA), 2006 ( 2039.0)

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