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Georges River Council area

Service age groups

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The Georges River Council area had a lower proportion of pre-schoolers and a higher proportion of persons at post retirement age than Greater Sydney in 2016.

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

Age structure - Service age groups
Georges River Council area - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Service age group (years)Number%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2011 to 2016
Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4)8,5565.86.48,2366.16.8+320
Primary schoolers (5 to 11)11,3547.78.810,7878.08.7+567
Secondary schoolers (12 to 17)9,7506.66.99,6067.17.4+144
Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24)15,05510.39.613,0929.79.5+1,963
Young workforce (25 to 34)24,42516.616.120,33715.115.4+4,088
Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49)28,75119.621.128,75721.421.9-6
Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59)18,74212.812.216,89712.512.2+1,845
Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69)14,2659.79.512,2909.19.0+1,975
Seniors (70 to 84)12,1728.37.511,2878.47.2+885
Elderly aged (85 and over)3,7632.62.03,3712.51.8+392
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 the Georges River Council area in 2016 compared to Greater Sydney 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, 20.2% of the population was aged between 0 and 17, and 20.6% were aged 60 years and over, compared with 22.2% and 19.0% respectively for Greater Sydney.

The major differences between the age structure of the Georges River Council area and Greater Sydney were:

  • A larger percentage of 'Seniors (70 to 84)' (8.3% compared to 7.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49)' (19.6% compared to 21.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Primary schoolers (5 to 11)' (7.7% compared to 8.8%)

Emerging groups

From 2011 to 2016, Georges River Council area's population increased by 12,173 people (9.0%). This represents an average annual population change of 1.75% per year over the period.

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

  • Young workforce (25 to 34) (+4,088 people)
  • Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69) (+1,975 people)
  • Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24) (+1,963 people)
  • Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59) (+1,845 people)

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