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Perth Metropolitan Area

SEIFA - disadvantage by small area

In 2011, Scarborough Redevelopment Area had the lowest level of disadvantage in the Perth Metropolitan Area, with a SEIFA index score of 1,080.8.

The Perth Metropolitan Area 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
Perth Metropolitan Area's small areas and benchmark areas
Area2011 indexPercentile
Scarborough Redevelopment Area1,080.889
City of Subiaco1,076.987
City of Perth1,062.781
Armadale - Champion Drive1,055.077
Armadale Redevelopment Area1,053.276
Central Perth Redevelopment Area1,036.667
Greater Perth1,033.465
Perth Metropolitan Area1,033.265
City of Stirling1,028.362
Western Australia1,021.558
City of Swan1,010.652
Wungong Urban1,008.050
City of Armadale996.144
Midland Redevelopment Area935.620
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Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011. Compiled and presented in by .id , the population experts.