Service age groups
Sunshine had a higher proportion of pre-schoolers and a lower proportion of persons at post retirement age than City of Brimbank in 2016.
The Age Structure of Sunshine provides key insights into the level of demand for age based services and facilities such as child care. It is an indicator of Sunshine'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 Sunshine in 2016 compared to City of Brimbank shows that there was a lower proportion of people in the younger age groups (0 to 17 years) as well as a lower proportion of people in the older age groups (60+ years).
Overall, 19.7% of the population was aged between 0 and 17, and 16.6% were aged 60 years and over, compared with 22.1% and 19.0% respectively for City of Brimbank.
The major differences between the age structure of Sunshine and City of Brimbank were:
- A larger percentage of 'Young workforce (25 to 34)' (21.9% compared to 16.1%)
- A smaller percentage of 'Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69)' (7.9% compared to 10.1%)
- A smaller percentage of 'Secondary schoolers (12 to 17)' (5.1% compared to 7.1%)
- A smaller percentage of 'Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59)' (10.6% compared to 12.3%)
From 2011 to 2016, Sunshine's population increased by 919 people (10.4%). This represents an average annual population change of 2.0% per year over the period.
The largest changes in the age structure in this area between 2011 and 2016 were in the age groups:
- Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49) (+304 people)
- Young workforce (25 to 34) (+280 people)
- Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4) (+143 people)
- Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69) (+97 people)