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SEIFA - disadvantage by small area

In 2011, The Hills Shire had the lowest level of disadvantage in the National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA), with a SEIFA index score of 1,103.5.

The National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA) 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
National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA)'s small areas and benchmark areas
Area2011 indexPercentile
The Hills Shire 1,103.596
Shire of Serpentine-Jarrahdale 1,047.273
Camden Council 1,047.173
City of Cockburn 1,034.666
Wollondilly Shire 1,033.665
Greater Perth1,033.465
District Council of Mount Barker 1,032.464
Shire of Litchfield 1,030.463
Redland City 1,029.462
City of Wanneroo 1,025.560
Shire of Cardinia 1,024.359
Western Australia1,021.558
Greater Melbourne1,020.357
Greater Brisbane1,018.256
City of Palmerston 1,018.156
City of Wyndham 1,013.453
City of Rockingham 1,012.052
Greater Sydney1,011.352
City of Swan 1,010.652
Victoria1,009.651
City of Casey 1,006.549
City of Gosnells 1,004.148
City of Melton 1,002.147
Australia1,002.047
Queensland1,001.547
Moreton Bay Region 999.946
Penrith City 996.344
Shire of Mitchell 996.144
City of Armadale 996.144
New South Wales995.843
National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA)993.843
Greater Adelaide993.242
City of Whittlesea 988.640
South Australia983.337
City of Mandurah 977.635
Logan City 970.932
Blacktown City 968.531
City of Kwinana 968.131
City of Ipswich 966.330
City of Hume 951.825
Liverpool City 951.025
Campbelltown City 944.823
City of Playford 871.38
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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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