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Friday, 11 March 2016

New SEIFA (Relative Disadvantage) Report - Online Community Profiles



 We are pleased to advise you that online REMPLAN Community Profiles now display a new ‘SEIFA (Relative Disadvantage)’ report.

Social Economic Indexes for Areas (SEIFA) is a suite of indexes that have been created by the Australian Bureau of Statistics from social and economic Census information.

The new ‘SEIFA (Relative Disadvantage)’ report presents information from the Index of Relative Socio-economic Disadvantage (IRSD), a general socio-economic index that summarises a range of information about the economic and social conditions of people and households within an area. This index includes only measures of relative disadvantage.
  
A SEIFA low score indicates relatively greater disadvantage in general. For example, an area could have a low score if there are (among other things): 
  • Many households with low income, many people with no qualifications, or many people in low skill occupations.

A SEIFA high score indicates a relative lack of disadvantage in general. For example, an area may have a high score if there are (among other things):
  • Few households with low incomes, few people with no qualifications, and few people in low skilled occupations. 

The SEIFA report is a useful resource to assist with funding applications. SEIFA is particularly relevant where the objective of the fund is to promote growth and sustainability of disadvantaged regions, especially in cases where level of disadvantage forms part of the assessment criteria. E.g. National Stronger Regions Fund (NSRF) projects must deliver economic advantage to disadvantaged regions and assessment criteria include ‘…the extent to which a project addresses disadvantage in a region’.

To view the report via the online profiles, select the 'Wellbeing' tab towards the top right of the screen, then select 'SEIFA (Relative Disadvantage)' from the sub-menu.

Please click on the image below for an live example of the SEIFA report:
http://remplan.co/1RayEoj

Feel free to contact the REMPLAN team on 1300 737 443 if you have any questions regarding the SEIFA report.

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