The AsP ICSEA FOEI report provides information on the number of students in each SES Quartile across schools in NSW, grouped by cluster.

This report is available only to Asset Planners in the Planning and Demography unit.

How will this report benefit me?

Asset planners can view information on the socioeconomic make-up of a cluster and its schools.  All schools in a cluster can be compared with each other.

What does the AsP ICSEA FOEI report provide?

The following visualisations are available in this report:

Number of Students in each Quartile

  • The four information tiles display the total number of students in each SES Quartile in the selected cluster or school.

  • If a single cluster is selected, the numbers in these tiles will correspond to that cluster. If a single school is selected, the numbers will correspond to that school.

Number of Students in each Quartile by School

  • This bar chart displays the number of students in each quartile for the cluster.
  • Select one or more schools in the cluster to compare their SES distribution side-by-side in this chart.

Socio Economic Status Indicator

  • This table displays the SES distribution in quartiles as a percentage rather than actual numbers. This provides an easier way to compare schools with very different numbers of students.
  • The School Indicator column displays either the ICSEA or FOEI, but not both at the same time.  This is driven by the Indicator Type – ICSEA/FOEI slicer.
  • The percentages in SES quartiles for multiple schools can be compared in the same table.
  • Export the data in this table to Excel to do further analysis.

Use the following slicers to select a cluster and analyse the data:


Use this slicer to select a cluster to analyse. You can scroll to find the cluster you need, or use the search bar at the top of the slicer.


  • To improve report loading times, this slicer will default to the first cluster in the list.
  • You can only select one cluster at a time in this report.
  • This slicer controls all visualisations on the page. The cluster and schools displayed will change based on the cluster selected.
  • This slicer controls the School Name slicer. The schools available in the School Name slicer will be government schools in the cluster.

School Name

  • The School Name slicer controls all visualisations on the page.  Once a cluster is selected, all schools in the cluster and sector will appear in the School Name slicer.

Indicator Type – ICSEA/FOEI

This slicer controls which School Indicator is shown in the Socio-Economic Status Indicator table.

Calendar Year

The data in this report changes each year based on the family makeup of students enrolled in that year. Choose a calendar year to view how the makeup has changed from year to year.

What should I look for?

  • Schools where the SES distribution varies markedly from other schools in the cluster (either much higher or much lower) may indicate parental choice.
  • Higher numbers of students in the Top and Middle 1 Quartiles, indicate a more advantaged school.
  • Higher numbers of students in the Middle 2 and Bottom Quartiles, indicate a more disadvantaged school.
  • Note that the data in the chart and information tiles does not change based on the Indicator Type. The number of students in each quartile has been calculated using a combination of both indicators.
  • Both the ICSEA and FOEI are calculated from responses to parental education, occupation, ethnicity and language background provided by parents on school enrolment forms.  The FOEI also includes a loading for students with a disability in the school as this attracts additional funding. These responses are entered into ERN by school administration staff when the student commences at that school.

Where does this data come from?

  • ICSEA: This index was developed by ACARA and applies Australia-wide. The median ICSEA for all of Australia is 1000. Schools with a lower ICSEA (< 1000) are more disadvantaged. Schools with a higher ICSEA (> 1000) are more advantaged.
  • FOEI: This index was developed by the NSW Department of Education and applies to NSW only. A FOEI of 0 indicates a school population with extreme advantage. Higher FOEIs indicate more disadvantage. There is no “maximum” FOEI, however in practice the average FOEI is around 110, and maximum FOEI seen in schools is around 230. The FOEI is used by the Department to calculate equity-based funding to be allocated to a school.

How frequently is data updated?

  • Both the ICSEA and FOEI are updated annually for a school, based on the students enrolled at the school for that year.
  • ICSEA is calculated by ACARA.
  • FOEI is calculated by the NSW Department of Education.
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