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The full release of the suite of four Socioeconomic Indexes for Areas (SEIFA) (ABS cat. no 2033.0.55.001), together with an information paper (ABS cat. no. 2039.0) and a detailed technical paper (ABS cat. no 2039.0.55.001), will be made available on Wednesday 26 March 2008. However, in view of strong demand for earlier access to the Index of Relative Socioeconomic Disadvantage (IRSD) to enable important and time-critical uses of the IRSD, the ABS has decided to release a preliminary version of the IRSD only, and a preliminary information paper, on 18 February 2008. This release will be superceded by the full release on 26 March, which will contain more detailed information about SEIFA, its compilation and its uses. We do not expect the actual index values for the IRSD to change between this preliminary release and the final, but this may occur as a consequence of the final validation process that will precede the full release. The ABS advises users, especially those with no prior experience of SEIFA indices, to wait for the full release with the complete accompanying documentation and manual, and notes that the IRSD may not necessarily be the most suitable index for all applications.
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