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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander profile - Service age groups

The age structure of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples of Cairns provides insights into the demand for age-based services. Typically Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander populations around Australia have a younger age structure than the total population, but age structures vary greatly between areas.

To get a more complete picture, Cairns's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Age Structure should be viewed in conjunction with Household Types and Highest Level of Schooling information.

Derived from the Census question:

'What is the person's date of birth (or age last birthday)?'

Total population

Service age groups
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples - Cairns20162011Change
Service age group (years)Number%Queensland - ATSI %Number%Queensland - ATSI %2011 to 2016
0 to 41,62411.511.71,90113.213.0-277
5 to 112,48617.617.02,51517.417.3-29
12 to 171,90413.513.31,98813.814.0-84
18 to 241,61111.412.71,59411.112.2+17
25 to 341,83213.013.21,97013.713.1-138
35 to 492,41917.216.52,48617.217.5-67
50 to 591,1898.48.51,0927.67.3+97
60 to 644012.82.83402.42.3+61
65 and over6264.44.45343.73.2+92

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Service age groups, 2016
Service age groups, 2016 0 to 4, Queensland - ATSI: 11.7% 5 to 11, Queensland - ATSI: 17.0% 12 to 17, Queensland - ATSI: 13.3% 18 to 24, Queensland - ATSI: 12.7% 25 to 34, Queensland - ATSI: 13.2% 35 to 49, Queensland - ATSI: 16.5% 50 to 59, Queensland - ATSI: 8.5% 60 to 64, Queensland - ATSI: 2.8% 65 and over, Queensland - ATSI: 4.4% 0 to 4, Cairns - ATSI: 11.5% 5 to 11, Cairns - ATSI: 17.6% 12 to 17, Cairns - ATSI: 13.5% 18 to 24, Cairns - ATSI: 11.4% 25 to 34, Cairns - ATSI: 13.0% 35 to 49, Cairns - ATSI: 17.2% 50 to 59, Cairns - ATSI: 8.4% 60 to 64, Cairns - ATSI: 2.8% 65 and over, Cairns - ATSI: 4.4%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in service age groups, 2011 to 2016
Change in service age groups, 2011 to 2016 0 to 4, Smithfield: -277 5 to 11, Smithfield: -29 12 to 17, Smithfield: -84 18 to 24, Smithfield: +17 25 to 34, Smithfield: -138 35 to 49, Smithfield: -67 50 to 59, Smithfield: +97 60 to 64, Smithfield: +61 65 and over, Smithfield: +92
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 and 2016 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander service age groups in Cairns in 2016 compared to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population in Queensland - ATSI shows that there was a higher proportion of people in the younger age groups (0 to 17 years) and a similar proportion of people in the older age group (65+ years).

Overall, 42.7% of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population in Cairns was aged between 0 and 17, and 4.4% were aged 65 years and over, compared with 42.0% and 4.4% respectively for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population in Queensland - ATSI.

The major difference between the age groups of theAboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population in Smithfield and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population in Queensland - ATSI is:

  • A smaller percentage of people aged 18 to 24 years (11.4% compared to 12.7%)

Emerging groups

From 2011 to 2016, Cairns's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population decreased by 328 people (2.3%). This represents an average annual population change of -0.46% per year over the period.

The largest changes in age groups of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population in this area between 2011 and 2016 were in the age groups:

  • 0 to 4 (-277 people)
  • 25 to 34 (-138 people)
  • 50 to 59 (+97 people)
  • 65 and over (+92 people)

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