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 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.
Derived from the Census question:
'What is the person's date of birth or age?'
Please refer to specific data notes for more information
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%)
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)