2033.0.55.001 - Census of Population and Housing: Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas (SEIFA), Australia, 2011 Quality Declaration 
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28 March 2013
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New data from the 2011 Census reveals Tasmania’s most advantaged and disadvantaged areas

New figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) today have provided a new perspective on the wealth of statistical information collected in the 2011 Census of Population and Housing.

The third release of 2011 Census data includes the release of Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas (SEIFA), which ranks areas in Australia according to relative socio-economic advantage and disadvantage.

For the purposes of SEIFA, the ABS broadly defines relative socio-economic advantage and disadvantage in terms of people’s access to material and social resources, and their ability to participate in society.

Director, Analytical Services Branch, Dr Phillip Gould, says that SEIFA can be used to compare the relative socio-economic characteristics of areas at a given point in time.

“It’s important to remember, that indexes are assigned to geographic areas, not to individuals.

“For example, it’s possible for a relatively advantaged person to reside in an area which may have a low score on some or all of the indexes. It’s also not uncommon to see a Local Government Area that has pockets of advantage and disadvantage,” Dr Gould added.

SEIFA can be used by government, business and communities for many purposes, such as to determine areas that require additional funding for improved services, to identify potential business opportunities or to research the relationship between health and education outcomes and the socio-economic conditions of an area.

For the first time, anyone can freely download files which allow them to display SEIFA data using Google Earth®, which makes interpretation easier than ever.

Data from the 2011 Census of Population and Housing is now available on the ABS website. Our range of new, easy-to-use tools makes searching Census data quick and easy. Visit www.abs.gov.au/census

Key SEIFA data for Australia, Tasmania and the Greater Hobart area are detailed below:


Peppermint Grove (WA) was recorded as Australia’s most advantaged Local Government Area (LGA), followed by Ku-ring-gai (NSW), Nedlands (WA), Cottesloe (WA) and Cambridge (WA).

Australia’s most disadvantaged LGA is Yarrabah (QLD), followed by Cherbourg (QLD), Belyuen (NT), Aurukun (QLD) and Woorabinda (QLD).


Tasmania’s most advantaged LGA was recorded as Hobart. The southern LGAs of Kingborough and West Tamar were recorded as second and third, followed by Clarence and Meander Valley.

Brighton was recorded as Tasmania’s most disadvantaged LGA, followed by George Town, Break O’Day, Derwent Valley and the West Coast LGA.

Greater Hobart

The Greater Hobart area’s most advantaged Statistical Area Level 2 (SA2) was recorded as Taroona-Bonnet Hill followed by Mount Nelson-Dynnyrne. Sandy Bay was recorded as the third most advantaged SA2 followed by Cambridge and West Hobart.

Bridgewater-Gagebrook was recorded as Greater Hobart’s most disadvantaged SA2 followed by Risdon Vale and Rokeby. Mornington-Warrane was recorded as Greater Hobart’s fourth most disadvantaged SA2 followed by Glenorchy.

Media note:

  • While SA2s can be referred to generally as areas, they should not be referred to as suburbs or LGAs. In urban areas SA2s generally reflect one or more gazetted suburbs. Large suburbs may be split into multiple SA2s.

Further information, media requests and interviews contact Census Media 02 6252 5161