Sydney’s north shore is now the most advantaged area in the country to live but, several inner-city and outer suburban areas have been on a very different trajectory since 2006.
Sydney is home to seven of the 10 most advantaged postcodes in Australia, excluding military bases, with Northbridge, Pymble, Seaforth, Beecroft, St Ives, Castle Cove and West Pennant Hills all rising to the top of the Index of Relative Socio-economic Advantage and Disadvantage (IRSAD). These places have all improved their rankings by more than 100 places since 2006. And none of the top 264 postcode areas has declined in these rankings since 2011 or 2006.
The so-called latte line, a border that splits Sydney down class and economic lines running from the airport north-west through Parramatta, is illustrated in new data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics that uses measures of income, occupation and other information to rank an areas’ economic and social conditions as part of their Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas (SEIFA). Advantage is defined as access to “material and social resources”, as well as the ability to participate in society.
The 10 most disadvantaged council areas in Australia were either in Queensland or the Northern Territory, but when the SEIFA data is analysed by postcode, Claymore near Campbelltown, is the country’s fourth most underprivileged suburb and the most disadvantaged in NSW when measured by IRSAD.
Claymore had suffered from high rates of crime and stigma from its social housing estate when residents took to Facebook in 2016 with ideas to rename the area. It was set to be redeveloped as part of the Claymore Urban renewal project and their suggestions included South Mosman, Sunnyville, and Rainbow Valley.