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Colac Otway Shire

Households with children

There are 1,160 couples with young children in Colac Otway Shire in 2011, comprising 14% of households.

Households with Children require different services and facilities than other household types, and their needs change as both adults and children age. When many families in an area are at the same stage in their individual lifecycles, it creates a suburb lifecycle. Knowing where a suburb is in a cycle of change helps planners make evidence-based decisions about the demand for services both now and in the future.

For Households with Children in Colac Otway Shire, life stage is based on the age of children in the household. The age of the parent(s) is not taken into account.

  • Young children: Children aged under 15 only
  • Mixed age children: One or more children under 15 and one or more children over 15 (must have 2 or more children)
  • Older children: Children aged 15 and over only

To continue building the story, Colac Otway Shire's Household data should be viewed in conjunction with Household Size, Age Structure and Dwelling Type.

Derived from the Census question:

‘What is the person’s relationship (to each other person in the household)?’

Households

Households with children by life stage
Colac Otway Shire - Households (Enumerated)20112006Change
Households with childrenNumber%Regional VIC %Number%Regional VIC %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idCouples with children2,13526.126.92,25628.328.7-121
map this data in atlas.idCouples with young children1,16014.214.51,23215.415.5-72
Couples with mixed-age children
3304.04.33824.84.9-52
Couples with older children
6457.98.16428.08.3+3
map this data in atlas.idSingle parents with children7849.610.580210.110.4-18
map this data in atlas.idSingle parents with young children3183.94.63544.44.8-36
Single parents with mixed-age children
1081.31.41061.31.4+2
Single parents with older children
3584.44.63424.34.3+16
Total households with children
2,91935.737.53,05838.339.2-139

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2006 and 2011. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Households with children, 2011
Households with children, 2011 Single parents with older children, Regional VIC: 4.6% Single parents with mixed-age children, Regional VIC: 1.4% Single parents with young children, Regional VIC: 4.6% Couples with older children, Regional VIC: 8.1% Couples with mixed-age children, Regional VIC: 4.3% Couples with young children, Regional VIC: 14.5% Single parents with older children, Colac Otway Shire: 4.4% Single parents with mixed-age children, Colac Otway Shire: 1.3% Single parents with young children, Colac Otway Shire: 3.9% Couples with older children, Colac Otway Shire: 7.9% Couples with mixed-age children, Colac Otway Shire: 4.0% Couples with young children, Colac Otway Shire: 14.2%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Enumerated data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in households with children, 2006 to 2011
Change in households with children, 2006 to 2011 Single parents with older children, Colac Otway Shire: +16 Single parents with mixed-age children, Colac Otway Shire: +2 Single parents with young children, Colac Otway Shire: -36 Couples with older children, Colac Otway Shire: +3 Couples with mixed-age children, Colac Otway Shire: -52 Couples with young children, Colac Otway Shire: -72
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2011 (Enumerated data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the families with children in Colac Otway Shire in 2011 compared to Regional VIC shows that there was a similar proportion of couples with young children, as well as a similar proportion of couples with older children.

Overall, 14.2% of total households with children were couple with young children, and 7.9% were couples with older children, compared with 14.5% and 8.1% respectively for Regional VIC.

There were a smaller proportion of single parent households with young children and a similar proportion of single parent households with older children. Overall, the proportion of single parent households with young children was 3.9% compared to 4.6% in Regional VIC while the proportion of single parent households with older children was 4.4% compared to 4.6% in Regional VIC.

Emerging groups

Between 2006 and 2011, the number of households with children decreased by 139 households or 4.5%.

The largest changes in households with children in this area between 2006 and 2011 were:

  • Couples with young children (-72 households)
  • Couples with mixed-age children (-52 households)
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