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New data from the 2011 Census reveals the Northern Territory’s most advantaged and disadvantaged areas

28 March 2012 | NT/20

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

Key SEIFA data for Australia, Northern Territory and the Greater Darwin 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).

Northern Territory

The most advantaged LGA in the Northern Territory was recorded as Darwin, followed by Litchfield and Palmerston. The Unincorporated NT area was recorded as the fourth most advantaged LGA in the Northern Territory followed by Alice Springs which was recorded as the fifth most advantaged LGA.

Belyuen was recorded as the Northern Territory’s most disadvantaged LGA, followed by East Arnhem and the Central Desert LGAs. Roper Gulf was recorded as the fourth most disadvantaged LGA followed by Victoria-Daly.
Note: The Northern Territory only has 17 LGAs.

Greater Darwin

Woolner-Bayview-Winnellie was recorded as Greater Darwin’s most advantaged Statistical Area Level 2* (SA2) followed by Durack-Marlow Lagoon. Lyons was recorded as Greater Darwin’s third most advantaged SA2 followed by Palmerston-North and Rosebery-Bellamack.

Greater Darwin’s most disadvantaged SA2 was recorded as Moulden. Gray was recorded as the second most disadvantaged SA2 followed by Coconut Grove, Karama and Weddell.

* 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.

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