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RDA Northern Territory

SEIFA - disadvantage by small area

In 2011, City of Darwin LGA had the lowest level of disadvantage in the RDA Northern Territory, with a SEIFA index score of 1,034.6.

The RDA Northern Territory 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
RDA Northern Territory's small areas and benchmark areas
Area2011 indexPercentile
City of Darwin LGA1,034.666
Greater Darwin1,029.863
Wider Darwin1,027.961
Unincorporated NT1,025.060
City of Palmerston LGA1,018.156
Alice Springs Town Council LGA1,005.649
Wagait Shire LGA983.637
RDA Northern Territory925.817
Northern Territory925.817
Central Australia887.910
Big Rivers795.04
Regional NT785.84
Barkly Regional Council LGA680.02
West Arnhem Regional Council LGA658.72
MacDonnell Regional Council LGA591.92
Roper Gulf Regional Council LGA577.72
Developing East Arnhem Limited LGA574.02
Central Desert Regional Council LGA557.51
West Daly Regional Council LGA475.81
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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.