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Brisbane LGA had a lower proportion of pre-schoolers and a lower proportion of persons at post retirement age than Greater Brisbane in 2011.

The Age Structure of Brisbane LGA provides key insights into the level of demand for age based services and facilities such as child care. It is an indicator of Brisbane LGA'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 Brisbane LGA'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 last birthday)?'

Total population

Age structure - Service age groups
Brisbane LGA - Total persons (Usual residence)20112001Change
Service age group (years)Number%Greater Brisbane %Number%Greater Brisbane %2001 to 2011
Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4)65,8956.37.053,2616.16.8+12,634
Primary schoolers (5 to 11)84,4208.19.274,3108.510.1+10,110
Secondary schoolers (12 to 17)72,8137.08.066,1517.68.6+6,662
Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24)122,08011.710.5104,28012.010.6+17,800
Young workforce (25 to 34)176,19216.914.8145,43116.715.2+30,761
Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49)228,47721.921.6188,31521.622.1+40,162
Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59)120,71311.612.0100,51811.511.8+20,195
Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69)85,9168.29.059,6546.96.8+26,262
Seniors (70 to 84)66,6566.46.465,4967.56.7+1,160
Elderly aged (85 and over)18,6591.81.613,1311.51.2+5,528

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2001 and 2011. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Age structure - service age groups, 2011
Age structure - service age groups, 2011 Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4), Greater Brisbane: 7.0% Primary schoolers (5 to 11), Greater Brisbane: 9.2% Secondary schoolers (12 to 17), Greater Brisbane: 8.0% Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24), Greater Brisbane: 10.5% Young workforce (25 to 34), Greater Brisbane: 14.8% Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49), Greater Brisbane: 21.6% Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59), Greater Brisbane: 12.0% Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69), Greater Brisbane: 9.0% Seniors (70 to 84), Greater Brisbane: 6.4% Elderly aged (85 and over), Greater Brisbane: 1.6% Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4), Brisbane LGA: 6.3% Primary schoolers (5 to 11), Brisbane LGA: 8.1% Secondary schoolers (12 to 17), Brisbane LGA: 7.0% Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24), Brisbane LGA: 11.7% Young workforce (25 to 34), Brisbane LGA: 16.9% Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49), Brisbane LGA: 21.9% Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59), Brisbane LGA: 11.6% Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69), Brisbane LGA: 8.2% Seniors (70 to 84), Brisbane LGA: 6.4% Elderly aged (85 and over), Brisbane LGA: 1.8%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in age structure - service age groups, 2001 to 2011
Change in age structure - service age groups, 2001 to 2011 Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4), Brisbane LGA: +12,634 Primary schoolers (5 to 11), Brisbane LGA: +10,110 Secondary schoolers (12 to 17), Brisbane LGA: +6,662 Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24), Brisbane LGA: +17,800 Young workforce (25 to 34), Brisbane LGA: +30,761 Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49), Brisbane LGA: +40,162 Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59), Brisbane LGA: +20,195 Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69), Brisbane LGA: +26,262 Seniors (70 to 84), Brisbane LGA: +1,160 Elderly aged (85 and over), Brisbane LGA: +5,528
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2001 and 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the service age groups of Brisbane LGA in 2011 compared to Greater Brisbane 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, 21.4% of the population was aged between 0 and 17, and 16.4% were aged 60 years and over, compared with 24.1% and 16.9% respectively for Greater Brisbane.

The major differences between the age structure of Brisbane LGA and Greater Brisbane were:

  • A larger percentage of 'Young workforce' (16.9% compared to 14.8%)
  • A larger percentage of 'Tertiary education & independence' (11.7% compared to 10.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Primary schoolers' (8.1% compared to 9.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Secondary schoolers' (7.0% compared to 8.0%)

Emerging groups

From 2001 to 2011, Brisbane LGA's population increased by 171,274 people (19.7%). This represents an average annual population change of 1.81% per year over the period.

The largest changes in the age structure in this area between 2001 and 2011 were in the age groups:

  • Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49) (+40,162 people)
  • Young workforce (25 to 34) (+30,761 people)
  • Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69) (+26,262 people)
  • Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59) (+20,195 people)

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