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Service age groups

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

The Age Structure of Gannawarra Shire provides key insights into the level of demand for age based services and facilities such as child care. It is an indicator of Gannawarra 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 Gannawarra 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?'

Total population

Age structure - Service age groups
Gannawarra 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)5094.85.85665.56.3-57
Primary schoolers (5 to 11)8277.88.78698.48.8-42
Secondary schoolers (12 to 17)7707.37.48768.58.4-106
Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24)6446.17.95915.78.1+53
Young workforce (25 to 34)8538.110.98418.110.5+12
Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49)1,67415.918.11,82817.619.8-154
Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59)1,52014.413.91,51214.614.0+8
Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69)1,68816.013.41,47714.211.9+211
Seniors (70 to 84)1,67815.911.11,46814.210.0+210
Elderly aged (85 and over)3783.62.73373.32.3+41

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

Age structure - service age groups, 2016
Age structure - service age groups, 2016 Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4), Regional VIC: 5.8% Primary schoolers (5 to 11), Regional VIC: 8.7% Secondary schoolers (12 to 17), Regional VIC: 7.4% Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24), Regional VIC: 7.9% Young workforce (25 to 34), Regional VIC: 10.9% Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49), Regional VIC: 18.1% Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59), Regional VIC: 13.9% Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69), Regional VIC: 13.4% Seniors (70 to 84), Regional VIC: 11.1% Elderly aged (85 and over), Regional VIC: 2.7% Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4), Gannawarra Shire: 4.8% Primary schoolers (5 to 11), Gannawarra Shire: 7.8% Secondary schoolers (12 to 17), Gannawarra Shire: 7.3% Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24), Gannawarra Shire: 6.1% Young workforce (25 to 34), Gannawarra Shire: 8.1% Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49), Gannawarra Shire: 15.9% Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59), Gannawarra Shire: 14.4% Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69), Gannawarra Shire: 16.0% Seniors (70 to 84), Gannawarra Shire: 15.9% Elderly aged (85 and over), Gannawarra Shire: 3.6%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in age structure - service age groups, 2011 to 2016
Change in age structure - service age groups, 2011 to 2016 Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4), Gannawarra Shire: -57 Primary schoolers (5 to 11), Gannawarra Shire: -42 Secondary schoolers (12 to 17), Gannawarra Shire: -106 Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24), Gannawarra Shire: +53 Young workforce (25 to 34), Gannawarra Shire: +12 Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49), Gannawarra Shire: -154 Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59), Gannawarra Shire: +8 Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69), Gannawarra Shire: +211 Seniors (70 to 84), Gannawarra Shire: +210 Elderly aged (85 and over), Gannawarra Shire: +41
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 and 2016 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the service age groups of Gannawarra 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, 20.0% of the population was aged between 0 and 17, and 35.5% 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 Gannawarra Shire and Regional VIC were:

  • A larger percentage of 'Seniors' (15.9% compared to 11.1%)
  • A larger percentage of 'Empty nesters and retirees' (16.0% compared to 13.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Young workforce' (8.1% compared to 10.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Parents and homebuilders' (15.9% compared to 18.1%)

Emerging groups

From 2011 to 2016, Gannawarra Shire's population increased by 176 people (1.7%). This represents an average annual population change of 0.34% 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) (+211 people)
  • Seniors (70 to 84) (+210 people)
  • Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49) (-154 people)
  • Secondary schoolers (12 to 17) (-106 people)

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