Service age groups
Brisbane LGA had a lower proportion of pre-schoolers and a lower proportion of persons at post retirement age than Greater Brisbane in 2016.
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.
Derived from the Census question:
'What is the person's date of birth or age?'
|Age structure - Service age groups|
|Brisbane LGA - Total persons (Usual residence)||2016||2011||Change|
|Service age group (years)||Number||%||Greater Brisbane %||Number||%||Greater Brisbane %||2011 to 2016|
|Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4)||67,922||6.0||6.5||65,895||6.3||7.0||+2,027|
|Primary schoolers (5 to 11)||94,077||8.3||9.4||84,420||8.1||9.2||+9,657|
|Secondary schoolers (12 to 17)||75,253||6.7||7.4||72,813||7.0||8.0||+2,440|
|Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24)||130,248||11.5||10.2||122,080||11.7||10.5||+8,168|
|Young workforce (25 to 34)||195,695||17.3||15.1||176,192||16.9||14.8||+19,503|
|Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49)||243,532||21.5||20.9||228,477||21.9||21.6||+15,055|
|Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59)||130,707||11.6||12.1||120,713||11.6||12.0||+9,994|
|Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69)||97,679||8.6||9.6||85,916||8.2||9.0||+11,763|
|Seniors (70 to 84)||75,132||6.6||7.2||66,656||6.4||6.4||+8,476|
|Elderly aged (85 and over)||20,904||1.8||1.7||18,659||1.8||1.6||+2,245|
Please refer to specific data notes for more information
Analysis of the service age groups of Brisbane LGA in 2016 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, 21.0% of the population was aged between 0 and 17, and 17.1% were aged 60 years and over, compared with 23.3% and 18.4% respectively for Greater Brisbane.
The major differences between the age structure of Brisbane LGA and Greater Brisbane were:
- A larger percentage of 'Young workforce (25 to 34)' (17.3% compared to 15.1%)
- A larger percentage of 'Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24)' (11.5% compared to 10.2%)
- A smaller percentage of 'Primary schoolers (5 to 11)' (8.3% compared to 9.4%)
- A smaller percentage of 'Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69)' (8.6% compared to 9.6%)
From 2011 to 2016, Brisbane LGA's population increased by 89,328 people (8.6%). This represents an average annual population change of 1.66% 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) (+19,503 people)
- Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49) (+15,055 people)
- Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69) (+11,763 people)
- Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59) (+9,994 people)