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City of Boroondara

Service age groups

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The City of Boroondara had a lower proportion of pre-schoolers and a higher proportion of persons at post retirement age than Greater Melbourne in 2016.

The Age Structure of the City of Boroondara provides key insights into the level of demand for age based services and facilities such as child care. It is an indicator of the City of Boroondara'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.

To get a more complete picture the City of Boroondara's Age Structure should be viewed in conjunction with Household Types and Dwelling Types.


Derived from the Census question:

'What is the person's date of birth or age?'

Age structure - Service age groups
City of Boroondara - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Service age group (years)Number%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %2011 to 2016
Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4)7,7424.66.48,1765.16.5-434
Primary schoolers (5 to 11)14,4468.68.513,4928.58.4+954
Secondary schoolers (12 to 17)13,6488.26.712,9098.17.3+739
Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24)18,22310.910.017,73211.110.1+491
Young workforce (25 to 34)22,54413.516.320,41412.815.4+2,130
Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49)33,05419.821.133,31320.922.0-259
Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59)22,00913.211.920,93613.212.1+1,073
Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69)16,67210.09.314,9879.49.0+1,685
Seniors (70 to 84)14,0578.47.712,6017.97.4+1,456
Elderly aged (85 and over)4,8292.92.04,6212.91.8+208
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Please refer to specific data notes for more information

Dominant groups

Analysis of the service age groups of the City of Boroondara in 2016 compared to Greater Melbourne shows that there was a similar proportion of people in the younger age groups (0 to 17 years) and a higher proportion of people in the older age groups (60+ years).

Overall, 21.4% of the population was aged between 0 and 17, and 21.3% were aged 60 years and over, compared with 21.7% and 19.0% respectively for Greater Melbourne.

The major differences between the age structure of the City of Boroondara and Greater Melbourne were:

  • A larger percentage of 'Secondary schoolers (12 to 17)' (8.2% compared to 6.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Young workforce (25 to 34)' (13.5% compared to 16.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4)' (4.6% compared to 6.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49)' (19.8% compared to 21.1%)

Emerging groups

From 2011 to 2016, City of Boroondara's population increased by 8,043 people (5.1%). This represents an average annual population change of 0.99% 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) (+2,130 people)
  • Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69) (+1,685 people)
  • Seniors (70 to 84) (+1,456 people)
  • Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59) (+1,073 people)