Taken as a whole, Boroondara is one of the most socio-economically advantaged local government areas in Victoria. Nevertheless, not all members of the Boroondara community enjoy the same access to opportunities and resources. For some residents, Boroondara’s broader affluence may even serve to heighten disadvantage.

While the 2021 Census revealed that 41.9% of Boroondara households were in the top income quartile for Victoria, it is also true that:

The Australian Bureau of Statistics SEIFA Indexes combine Census data such as income, education, employment, occupation, housing and family structure to summarise the socio-economic characteristics of an area. The SEIFA Index of Relative Socio-economic Disadvantage, or IRSD (shown in Map 1) contains only disadvantage indicators (for example, unemployment, low income or education levels, single-parent families, low-skill occupations, poor English proficiency). According to the IRSD, no Boroondara neighbourhoods are among the 20% most disadvantaged in Victoria, but some are among the 30% and 40% most disadvantaged in Victoria (Map 1).

Information about these and other Boroondara neighbourhoods is available from Informed Decisions Boroondara social atlas.

A map of Boroondara with each Statistical Area Level 1 (SA1) shaded according to its rank in Victoria on the Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas index of relative disadvantage. There are 401 component SA1s in Boroondara. There are no SA1s in the 20% most disadvantaged in Victoria, 2 SA1s are among the 30% most disadvantaged (one in Kew and one in Balwyn) and 5 are among the 40% most disadvantaged (1 in Balwyn North, 1 in Balwyn and 3 in Hawthorn).

Map 1: Some Boroondara neighbourhoods (in orange on this map) are among the 40% most disadvantaged in Victoria based on the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ 2021 Index of Relative Socio-economic Disadvantage. Data source: ABS 2023 Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas (SEIFA), Australia

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