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Colac Otway Shire

Service age groups

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Colac Otway Shire had a similar proportion of pre-schoolers and a higher proportion of persons at post retirement age than Regional VIC in 2016.

The Age Structure of Colac Otway Shire provides key insights into the level of demand for age based services and facilities such as child care. It is an indicator of Colac Otway Shire'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 Colac Otway Shire's Age Structure should be viewed in conjunction with Household Types and Dwelling Types.

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Derived from the Census question:

'What is the person's date of birth or age?'

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Age structure - Service age groups
Colac Otway Shire - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Service age group (years)Number%Regional VIC %Number%Regional VIC %2011 to 2016
Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4) 1,166 5.6 5.8 1,229 6.0 6.3 -63
Primary schoolers (5 to 11) 1,781 8.5 8.7 1,804 8.9 8.8 -23
Secondary schoolers (12 to 17) 1,499 7.1 7.4 1,659 8.2 8.4 -160
Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24) 1,525 7.3 7.9 1,511 7.4 8.1 +14
Young workforce (25 to 34) 2,202 10.5 10.9 1,984 9.8 10.5 +218
Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49) 3,655 17.4 18.1 3,968 19.5 19.8 -313
Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59) 2,993 14.3 13.9 2,965 14.6 14.0 +28
Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69) 3,053 14.6 13.4 2,521 12.4 11.9 +532
Seniors (70 to 84) 2,507 12.0 11.1 2,158 10.6 10.0 +349
Elderly aged (85 and over) 585 2.8 2.7 544 2.7 2.3 +41
Total20,966100.0100.020,343100.0100.0+623
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

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Dominant groups

Analysis of the service age groups of Colac Otway Shire in 2016 compared to Regional VIC shows that there was a lower proportion of people in the younger age groups (0 to 17 years) and a higher proportion of people in the older age groups (60+ years).

Overall, 21.2% of the population was aged between 0 and 17, and 29.3% were aged 60 years and over, compared with 21.9% and 27.3% respectively for Regional VIC.

The major differences between the age structure of Colac Otway Shire and Regional VIC were:

  • A larger percentage of 'Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69)' (14.6% compared to 13.4%)
  • A larger percentage of 'Seniors (70 to 84)' (12.0% compared to 11.1%)

Emerging groups

From 2011 to 2016, Colac Otway Shire's population increased by 623 people (3.1%). This represents an average annual population change of 0.61% per year over the period.

The largest changes in the age structure in this area between 2011 and 2016 were in the age groups:

  • Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69) (+532 people)
  • Seniors (70 to 84) (+349 people)
  • Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49) (-313 people)
  • Young workforce (25 to 34) (+218 people)