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South Eastern Sydney Local Health District
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About us - Our Population

In the 2006 census year, the resident population of South Eastern Sydney Local Health District was 794,945. This represents 11.7% of the total population of New South Wales. Approximately 45% live in Northern Sector (354,701) and 55% in Southern Sector (440,244).

The 2011 estimated resident population of South Eastern Sydney Local Health District based on NSW Health Population Projections is 838,416. This represents an average annual growth rate of 0.46%.

According to the NSW Bureau of Transport Statistics, the population of the Northern sector of the District is inflated by an estimated 230,000 daily due to the transit of workers to the Sydney CBD.

On average SESLHD’s population is more advantaged than the NSW population, based on the composite Socio Economic Index for Areas (SEIFA). SEIFA is a relative ranking system which compares populations’ economic and social wellbeing at a point in time. Statistical Local Areas with a higher proportion of disadvantage when compared with the Australian standardised mean (1,000) are the Inner Sydney City (983), Botany Bay (962) and Rockdale (993).

In 2006, 5,076 SESLHD residents were Aboriginal and/ or Torres Strait Islander, representing 0.6% of the total population. About 56% of the SESLHD Aboriginal/ Torres Strait Islander population live in the Northern Sector.

Nearly 240,000 SESLHD residents were born overseas, equating to 30% of the total population.

According to the 2006 National homelessness figure, approximately 6,300 people or 23% of the NSW homeless population were identified within the Inner Sydney, Eastern Suburbs, and St George-Sutherland statistical divisions. Rates of homelessness in Inner Sydney (133 per 10,000 people) and the Eastern Suburbs (56 per 10,000) are significantly higher than the NSW average (41.8 per 10,000).

More detailed sociodemographic information on our Local Health District is provided in the Fact Sheets linked below: