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Greater Western Sydney Region

SEIFA - disadvantage by small area

In 2011, The Hills Shire had the lowest level of disadvantage in the Greater Western Sydney Region, with a SEIFA index score of 1,105.4.

The Greater Western Sydney Region 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
Greater Western Sydney Region's small areas and benchmark areas
Area2011 indexPercentile
The Hills Shire1,105.496
The Hills Shire1,105.496
Camden Council area1,047.173
Camden Council area1,047.173
Blue Mountains City1,038.668
Blue Mountains City1,038.668
Wollondilly Shire1,033.665
Wollondilly Shire1,033.665
City of Parramatta1,032.864
City of Parramatta1,032.864
Hawkesbury City1,020.357
Hawkesbury City1,020.357
Greater Sydney1,011.352
Australia1,002.047
Penrith City996.344
Penrith City996.344
New South Wales995.843
MACROC Region984.038
Greater Western Sydney Region976.734
Blacktown City968.531
Blacktown City968.531
Holroyd City965.630
Holroyd City965.630
WSROC Region956.427
Liverpool City951.025
Liverpool City951.025
Campbelltown City944.823
Campbelltown City944.823
Bankstown City931.719
Bankstown City931.719
Auburn City916.715
Auburn City916.715
Fairfield City854.07
Fairfield City854.07
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The Greater Western Sydney Region comprises 14 LGA's in the western part of Sydney: Auburn (C), Bankstown (C), Blacktown (C), Blue Mountains (C), Camden (A), Campbelltown (C), Fairfield (C), Hawkesbury (C), The Hills Shire (A), Holroyd (C), Liverpool (C), Parramatta (C), Penrith (C) & Wollondilly (A).

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011. Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id , the population experts.

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