Service age groups
Harvester Ward 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 Harvester Ward provides key insights into the level of demand for age based services and facilities such as child care. It is an indicator of Harvester Ward'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 Harvester Ward in 2016 compared to City of Brimbank shows that there was a similar 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, 22.4% of the population was aged between 0 and 17, and 17.8% 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 Harvester Ward and City of Brimbank were:
- A larger percentage of 'Young workforce (25 to 34)' (18.8% compared to 16.1%)
- A larger percentage of 'Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4)' (7.8% compared to 6.7%)
- A smaller percentage of 'Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69)' (8.3% compared to 10.1%)
- A smaller percentage of 'Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59)' (10.5% compared to 12.3%)
From 2011 to 2016, Harvester Ward's population increased by 6,697 people (13.6%). This represents an average annual population change of 2.58% 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) (+1,642 people)
- Young workforce (25 to 34) (+1,424 people)
- Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4) (+928 people)
- Primary schoolers (5 to 11) (+669 people)