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Communities experiencing locational disadvantage

Persistent and entrenched disadvantage within South Australia is concentrated in a small number of communities. And whilst not every member of these communities may be experiencing disadvantage, the latest evidence shows that a small number of communities account for 57% of the top rankings of disadvantage across a range of indicators such as housng stress, readiness for schooling and long-term unemployment.

Disadvantages tend to concentrate among the same people and their effects on wellbeing and quality of life are cumulative. Prominent features of disadvantaged communities include high levels unemployment including inter-generational unemployment, low levels of education, high levels of criminal convictions and high levels of unengaged young people.

The impact of inequalities in wellbeing has profound implications for the economic, social and sustainable development of communities. The following communities have some of the most concentrated disadvantage in South Australia:

  • Elizabeth North & Elizabeth East
  • Davoren Park
  • Salisbury & Salisbury North
  • Enfield & Blair Athol
  • Parafield & Parafield Gardens & Paralowie
  • Christies Downs & Hackham West
  • Christies Beach & Lonsdale
  • Port Adelaide & The Parks
  • Woodville, Albert Park, Athol Park, Cheltenham, Kilkenney, Pennington & Royal Park
  • Whyalla & Whyalla North
  • Ceduna & West Coast
  • Flinders Ranges & Port Augusta
  • Coober Pedy
  • APY Lands
  • Millicent
  • Mount Gambier
  • Renmark
  • Murray Bridge
  • Barmera & Berri
  • Waikerie
  • Port Pirie
  • Wallaroo
  • Peterborough & Mount Remarkable
  • Kadina & Moonta



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