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SEIFA - disadvantage by small area

In 2011, The Range had the lowest level of disadvantage in Rockhampton, with a SEIFA index score of 1,052.0.

Rockhampton 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
Rockhampton's small areas and benchmark areas
Area2011 indexPercentile
The Range1,052.075
Parkhurst - Limestone Creek - Mount Archer1,039.669
Rural South East1,024.960
Norman Gardens1,003.848
Regional QLD986.339
Wandal and West Rockhampton969.131
Rural West960.128
Fitzroy-Wide Bay Region SA4954.326
Park Avenue936.820
Koongal - Lakes Creek933.319
Berserker and The Common899.712
Rockhampton City and Depot Hill849.36
Mount Morgan District797.54
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Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011. Compiled and presented in by .id , the population experts.