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Colac Otway Shire

Service age groups

Colac Otway Shire had a similar proportion of pre-schoolers and a higher proportion of persons at post retirement age than Regional VIC in 2011.

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.

Derived from the Census question:

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

Total population

Age structure - Service age groups
Colac Otway Shire - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Service age group (years)Number%Regional VIC %Number%Regional VIC %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idBabies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4)1,2296.06.31,2035.96.0+26
map this data in atlas.idPrimary schoolers (5 to 11)1,8048.98.81,9279.59.7-123
map this data in atlas.idSecondary schoolers (12 to 17)1,6598.28.41,9169.49.0-257
map this data in atlas.idTertiary education and independence (18 to 24)1,5117.48.11,5297.58.0-18
map this data in atlas.idYoung workforce (25 to 34)1,9849.810.52,07710.210.7-93
map this data in atlas.idParents and homebuilders (35 to 49)3,96819.519.84,19220.721.1-224
map this data in atlas.idOlder workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59)2,96514.614.02,87014.113.8+95
map this data in atlas.idEmpty nesters and retirees (60 to 69)2,52112.411.92,07010.210.0+451
map this data in atlas.idSeniors (70 to 84)2,15810.610.02,07010.29.7+88
map this data in atlas.idElderly aged (85 and over)5442.72.34362.12.0+108

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

Age structure - service age groups, 2011
Age structure - service age groups, 2011 Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4), Regional VIC: 6.3% Primary schoolers (5 to 11), Regional VIC: 8.8% Secondary schoolers (12 to 17), Regional VIC: 8.4% Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24), Regional VIC: 8.1% Young workforce (25 to 34), Regional VIC: 10.5% Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49), Regional VIC: 19.8% Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59), Regional VIC: 14.0% Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69), Regional VIC: 11.9% Seniors (70 to 84), Regional VIC: 10.0% Elderly aged (85 and over), Regional VIC: 2.3% Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4), Colac Otway Shire: 6.0% Primary schoolers (5 to 11), Colac Otway Shire: 8.9% Secondary schoolers (12 to 17), Colac Otway Shire: 8.2% Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24), Colac Otway Shire: 7.4% Young workforce (25 to 34), Colac Otway Shire: 9.8% Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49), Colac Otway Shire: 19.5% Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59), Colac Otway Shire: 14.6% Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69), Colac Otway Shire: 12.4% Seniors (70 to 84), Colac Otway Shire: 10.6% Elderly aged (85 and over), Colac Otway Shire: 2.7%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in age structure - service age groups, 2006 to 2011
Change in age structure - service age groups, 2006 to 2011 Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4), Colac Otway Shire: +26 Primary schoolers (5 to 11), Colac Otway Shire: -123 Secondary schoolers (12 to 17), Colac Otway Shire: -257 Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24), Colac Otway Shire: -18 Young workforce (25 to 34), Colac Otway Shire: -93 Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49), Colac Otway Shire: -224 Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59), Colac Otway Shire: +95 Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69), Colac Otway Shire: +451 Seniors (70 to 84), Colac Otway Shire: +88 Elderly aged (85 and over), Colac Otway Shire: +108
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the service age groups of Colac Otway Shire in 2011 compared to Regional VIC shows that there was a similar 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, 23.1% of the population was aged between 0 and 17, and 25.7% were aged 60 years and over, compared with 23.5% and 24.2% respectively for Regional VIC.

There were no major differences between Colac Otway Shire and Regional VIC in 2011.

Emerging groups

From 2006 to 2011, Colac Otway Shire's population increased by 53 people (0.3%). This represents an average annual population change of 0.05% per year over the period.

The largest changes in the age structure in this area between 2006 and 2011 were in the age groups:

  • Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69) (+451 people)
  • Secondary schoolers (12 to 17) (-257 people)
  • Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49) (-224 people)
  • Primary schoolers (5 to 11) (-123 people)

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