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Contents >> Using the CURF microdata >> GEOGRAPHIC CHARACTERISTICS


To enable CURF users greater flexibility in their analyses, one Socio-Economic Index for Area (SEIFA) has been included on both the Basic and Expanded CURFs, as well as several sub-state geography items. Cross-tabulations by several of these items simultaneously produce cells relating to some small geographic regions. Tables showing multiple data items, cross-tabulated by SEIFA and sub-state geography are not permitted due to the detailed information about small geographical regions that could be presented. However, simple cross-tabulations of population counts by SEIFA or sub-state geographic data items may be useful for clients in order to determine which geography item to include in their primary analysis, and such output is permitted. Note: the state/territory data item is only available on the Expanded CURF.

More information on geographic characteristics is contained in Chapter 9 (Population characteristics) of the Users' Guide. For more details on SEIFA see the Information Paper: An introduction to Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas (SEIFA), 2006 (cat. no. 2039.0), available from the ABS website <>.

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