Queensland home to nation’s most disadvantaged
KU-RING-GAI on Sydney's upper north shore has taken out the title of Australia's most advantaged area, according to new data released today from the 2016 Census of Population and Housing.
The leafy enclave, which had a population of just over 118,000 residents on Census night, was officially ranked the highest socio-economic Local Government Area (LGA) in the country, based on the ABS' Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas (SEIFA), which rates areas according to relative socio-economic advantage and disadvantage.
Another Sydney hotspot, the affluent harbourside suburb of Mosman, was also ranked among the most advantaged areas.
SEIFA data, which was released today, showed the 10 most advantaged areas were all located either in the Northern and Eastern areas of Sydney Harbour or in coastal Perth.
The most disadvantaged LGA was Cherbourg, approximately 250 kilometres northwest of Brisbane in Queensland, followed by West Daly in the Northern Territory.
All disadvantaged LGAs in Australia were either in Qld or the NT.
The latest data found that more than 30 per cent of people born in China, South Africa and Malaysia lived in advantaged areas and less than 10 per cent were in disadvantaged areas.
Findings also revealed 40 per cent of Vietnamese-born lived in disadvantaged areas and only 11 per cent lived in advantaged areas.
People of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander origin were more likely to live in the most disadvantaged areas with 48 per cent living in the bottom fifth most disadvantaged LGAs, compared to 18 per cent of non-indigenous people.
The ABS broadly defines socio-economic advantage and disadvantage in terms of "people's access to material and social resources, and their ability to participate in society."
The findings were based on information from the five-yearly Census of Population and Housing.
10 MOST ADVANTAGED AREAS
1. Ku-ring-gai (NSW)
2. Mosman (NSW)
3. Woollahra (NSW)
4. Cottesloe (WA)
5. Peppermint Grove (WA)
6. Nedlands (WA)
7. North Sydney (NSW)
8. Lane Cove (NSW)
9. Cambridge (WA)
10. Hunters Hill (NSW)
10 MOST DISADVANTAGED AREAS
1. Cherbourg (Qld)
2. West Daly (NT)
3. Belyuen (NT)
4. Woorabinda (Qld)
5. Central Desert (NT)
6. Aurukun (Qld)
7. Yarrabah (Qld)
8. Doomadgee (Qld)
9. Napranum (Qld)
10. Palm Island (Qld)
(Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics)