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South Gippsland Shire

SEIFA - disadvantage by small area

In 2011, Rural West had the lowest level of disadvantage in South Gippsland Shire, with a SEIFA index score of 1,052.9.

South Gippsland Shire 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
South Gippsland Shire's small areas and benchmark areas
Area2011 indexPercentile
Rural West1,052.976
Rural North East1,030.963
Nyora - Poowong and District1,018.456
South West Coastal District1,007.350
South Gippsland Shire999.546
Mirboo North - Baromi998.145
South East Coastal District985.638
Regional VIC977.735
Latrobe - Gippsland SA4969.031
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Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011. Compiled and presented in by .id , the population experts.