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Households with children

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This topic has been updated with 2016 Census data for all areas. What's this?

There are 1,099 couples with young children in Colac Otway Shire in 2016, comprising 13% 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)20162011Change
Households with childrenNumber%Regional VIC %Number%Regional VIC %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idCouples with children2,03823.525.32,13526.126.9-97
map this data in atlas.idCouples with young children1,09912.713.71,16014.214.5-61
Couples with mixed-age children
3063.53.73304.04.3-24
Couples with older children
6337.37.96457.98.1-12
map this data in atlas.idSingle parents with children8149.410.17849.610.5+30
map this data in atlas.idSingle parents with young children3023.54.03183.94.6-16
Single parents with mixed-age children
1031.21.21081.31.4-5
Single parents with older children
4094.74.83584.44.6+51
Total households with children
2,85232.935.42,91935.737.5-67

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

Households with children, 2016
Households with children, 2016 Single parents with older children, Regional VIC: 4.8% Single parents with mixed-age children, Regional VIC: 1.2% Single parents with young children, Regional VIC: 4.0% Couples with older children, Regional VIC: 7.9% Couples with mixed-age children, Regional VIC: 3.7% Couples with young children, Regional VIC: 13.7% Single parents with older children, Colac Otway Shire: 4.7% Single parents with mixed-age children, Colac Otway Shire: 1.2% Single parents with young children, Colac Otway Shire: 3.5% Couples with older children, Colac Otway Shire: 7.3% Couples with mixed-age children, Colac Otway Shire: 3.5% Couples with young children, Colac Otway Shire: 12.7%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016 (Enumerated data)
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Change in households with children, 2011 to 2016
Change in households with children, 2011 to 2016 Single parents with older children, Colac Otway Shire: +51 Single parents with mixed-age children, Colac Otway Shire: -5 Single parents with young children, Colac Otway Shire: -16 Couples with older children, Colac Otway Shire: -12 Couples with mixed-age children, Colac Otway Shire: -24 Couples with young children, Colac Otway Shire: -61
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 and 2016 (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 2016 compared to Regional VIC shows that there was a smaller proportion of couples with young children, as well as a smaller proportion of couples with older children.

Overall, 12.7% of total households with children were couple with young children, and 7.3% were couples with older children, compared with 13.7% and 7.9% 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 3.5% compared to 4.0% in Regional VIC while the proportion of single parent households with older children was 4.7% compared to 4.8% in Regional VIC.

Emerging groups

Between 2011 and 2016, the number of households with children decreased by 67 households or 2.3%.

The largest changes in households with children in this area between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • Couples with young children (-61 households)
  • Single parents with older children (+51 households)
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