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Greater Western Sydney Region

Service age groups

The Greater Western Sydney Region had a higher proportion of pre-schoolers and a lower proportion of persons at post retirement age than Greater Sydney in 2011.

The Age Structure of the Greater Western Sydney Region provides key insights into the level of demand for age based services and facilities such as child care. It is an indicator of the Greater Western Sydney Region'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 the Greater Western Sydney Region'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
Greater Western Sydney Region - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Service age group (years)Number%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2006 to 2011
Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4)144,4107.56.8132,8307.46.6+11,580
Primary schoolers (5 to 11)191,2869.98.7189,51910.69.1+1,767
Secondary schoolers (12 to 17)164,8118.67.4163,1219.17.9+1,690
Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24)189,2789.89.5182,14310.29.9+7,135
Young workforce (25 to 34)279,99814.615.4256,97114.415.3+23,027
Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49)409,79621.321.9396,09322.122.5+13,703
Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59)238,40112.412.2217,37312.212.2+21,028
Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69)165,1578.69.0127,8087.17.8+37,349
Seniors (70 to 84)115,5846.07.2104,4085.87.3+11,176
Elderly aged (85 and over)24,9771.31.818,4881.01.6+6,489

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), Greater Sydney: 6.8% Primary schoolers (5 to 11), Greater Sydney: 8.7% Secondary schoolers (12 to 17), Greater Sydney: 7.4% Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24), Greater Sydney: 9.5% Young workforce (25 to 34), Greater Sydney: 15.4% Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49), Greater Sydney: 21.9% Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59), Greater Sydney: 12.2% Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69), Greater Sydney: 9.0% Seniors (70 to 84), Greater Sydney: 7.2% Elderly aged (85 and over), Greater Sydney: 1.8% Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4), Greater Western Sydney Region: 7.5% Primary schoolers (5 to 11), Greater Western Sydney Region: 9.9% Secondary schoolers (12 to 17), Greater Western Sydney Region: 8.6% Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24), Greater Western Sydney Region: 9.8% Young workforce (25 to 34), Greater Western Sydney Region: 14.6% Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49), Greater Western Sydney Region: 21.3% Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59), Greater Western Sydney Region: 12.4% Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69), Greater Western Sydney Region: 8.6% Seniors (70 to 84), Greater Western Sydney Region: 6.0% Elderly aged (85 and over), Greater Western Sydney Region: 1.3%
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), Greater Western Sydney Region: +11,580 Primary schoolers (5 to 11), Greater Western Sydney Region: +1,767 Secondary schoolers (12 to 17), Greater Western Sydney Region: +1,690 Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24), Greater Western Sydney Region: +7,135 Young workforce (25 to 34), Greater Western Sydney Region: +23,027 Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49), Greater Western Sydney Region: +13,703 Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59), Greater Western Sydney Region: +21,028 Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69), Greater Western Sydney Region: +37,349 Seniors (70 to 84), Greater Western Sydney Region: +11,176 Elderly aged (85 and over), Greater Western Sydney Region: +6,489
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 the Greater Western Sydney Region in 2011 compared to Greater Sydney shows that there was a higher proportion of people in the younger age groups (0 to 17 years) and a lower proportion of people in the older age groups (60+ years).

Overall, 26.0% of the population was aged between 0 and 17, and 15.9% were aged 60 years and over, compared with 22.9% and 18.0% respectively for Greater Sydney.

The major differences between the age structure of the Greater Western Sydney Region and Greater Sydney were:

  • A larger percentage of 'Primary schoolers' (9.9% compared to 8.7%)
  • A larger percentage of 'Secondary schoolers' (8.6% compared to 7.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Seniors' (6.0% compared to 7.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Young workforce' (14.6% compared to 15.4%)

Emerging groups

From 2006 to 2011, Greater Western Sydney Region's population increased by 134,944 people (7.5%). This represents an average annual population change of 1.47% 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) (+37,349 people)
  • Young workforce (25 to 34) (+23,027 people)
  • Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59) (+21,028 people)
  • Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49) (+13,703 people)

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