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Bass Coast Shire

SEIFA - disadvantage by small area

In 2011, Inverloch - Pound Creek had the lowest level of disadvantage in Bass Coast Shire, with a SEIFA index score of 1,025.3.

Bass Coast Shire SEIFA Index of Disadvantage measures the relative level of socio-economic disadvantage based on a range of Census characteristics. It is a good place to start to get a general view of the relative level of disadvantage in one area compared to others and is used to advocate for an area based on its level of disadvantage.

The index is derived from attributes that reflect disadvantage such as low income, low educational attainment, high unemployment, and jobs in relatively unskilled occupations.  When targeting services to disadvantaged communities, it is important to also look at these underlying characteristics as they can differ markedly between areas with similar SEIFA scores and shed light on the type of disadvantage being experienced.

A higher score on the index means a lower level of disadvantage. A lower score on the index means a higher level of disadvantage.

The percentile column indicates the approximate position of this small area in a ranked list of Australia’s suburbs and localities. It’s meant to give an indication of where the area sits within the whole nation. A higher number indicates a higher socio-economic status. For instance, a percentile of 72 indicates that approximately 72% of Australia’s suburbs have a SEIFA index lower than this area (more disadvantaged), while 28% are higher.

Index of Relative Socio-economic Disadvantage
Bass Coast Shire's small areas and benchmark areas
Area2011 indexPercentile
Inverloch - Pound Creek1,025.360
Rural Balance1,025.160
Newhaven - Cape Woolamai1,022.458
San Remo1,011.752
Phillip Island Balance1,008.851
Phillip Island997.344
Cowes - Ventnor - Silverleaves984.538
Cowes - Ventnor and District984.438
Regional VIC977.735
Bass Coast Shire977.535
Wonthaggi District and Surrounds973.733
Latrobe - Gippsland SA4969.031
Bass Coast Mainland968.331
North Wonthaggi968.131
Wonthaggi District926.417
Wonthaggi - Cape Paterson922.016
Waterline (Westernport Townships)913.614
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Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011. Compiled and presented in by .id , the population experts.