Service age groups
Western Australia had a similar proportion of pre-schoolers and a lower proportion of persons at post retirement age than Australia in 2016.
The Age Structure of Western Australia provides key insights into the level of demand for age based services and facilities such as child care. It is an indicator of Western Australia's residential role and function and how it is likely to change in the future.
Service age groups divide the population into age categories that reflect typical life-stages. They indicate the level of demand for services that target people at different stages in life and how that demand is changing.
Derived from the Census question:
'What is the person's date of birth or age?'
Please refer to specific data notes for more information
Analysis of the service age groups of Western Australia in 2016 compared to Australia shows that there was a higher proportion of people in the younger age groups (0 to 17 years) and a lower proportion of people in the older age groups (60+ years).
Overall, 22.9% of the population was aged between 0 and 17, and 19.3% were aged 60 years and over, compared with 22.3% and 21.3% respectively for Australia.
The major differences between the age structure of Western Australia and Australia were:
- A larger percentage of 'Young workforce (25 to 34)' (15.3% compared to 14.4%)
- A smaller percentage of 'Seniors (70 to 84)' (7.6% compared to 8.6%)
From 2011 to 2016, Western Australia's population increased by 235,224 people (10.5%). This represents an average annual population change of 2.02% per year over the period.
The largest changes in the age structure in this area between 2011 and 2016 were in the age groups:
- Young workforce (25 to 34) (+55,083 people)
- Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69) (+42,070 people)
- Seniors (70 to 84) (+32,576 people)
- Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49) (+29,405 people)