Laverton North residents are in the most disadvantaged area in Victoria, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics 2016 census.
The ABS last week released a list of the nation’s suburbs and towns, ranking them in a “socio-economic indexes for areas (SEIFA)” list.
The rankings were based on data collected during the 2016 census, including income, education, employment, occupation and housing characteristics.
According to the ABS figures, Laverton North – which is mostly home to industry and business – has 73 residents, and was ranked as the most disadvantaged in Victoria.
During the 2011 census, Laverton North was ranked as the third most-disadvantaged area in the state.
Census data from 2016 reveals, 37 Laverton North households reported a total weekly income of between nil and $499. Another 21 households reported weekly income of between $500 and $799 per week.
Thirty-two of the Laverton North respondents stated they were employed, while 33 said they were unemployed and looking for work, with the rest not stating whether they were in the labour force or not.
In the 2016 census, Colac East, Norlane, Pioneer Bay and Coolaroo rounded out Victoria’s top-five most disadvantaged areas.
The level of disadvantage across Wyndham suburbs has decreased since the 2011 census. Werribee was ranked 268th in the state in 2011 and had dropped to 345th in the latest census.
Hoppers Crossing placed 567th in the 2016 census (compared to 470th in 2011), Wyndham Vale 973rd (compared to 492nd in 2011), Werribee South 981st (compared to 711th in 2011) and Tarneit 1549th (compared to 893rd in 2011).
Truganina was listed as the 1736th most disadvantaged area in Victoria (compared to 893rd in 2011) and Point Cook 2455th (compared to 1461th in 2011).
The most “advantaged” suburb in Wyndham was Williams Landing, which placed 2550th in the state (compared to 1333th in 2011).
Melbourne’s South Wharf, with just 130 residents, was found to be the most “advantaged” area in the state.