Dandenong Foothills Policy Area
Service age groups
Dandenong Foothills Policy Area had a similar proportion of pre-schoolers and a higher proportion of persons at post retirement age than City of Knox in 2016.
The Age Structure of Dandenong Foothills Policy Area provides key insights into the level of demand for age based services and facilities such as child care. It is an indicator of Dandenong Foothills Policy 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.
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 Dandenong Foothills Policy Area in 2016 compared to City of Knox 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, 21.6% of the population was aged between 0 and 17, and 22.4% were aged 60 years and over, compared with 21.4% and 21.6% respectively for City of Knox.
The major difference between the age structure of Dandenong Foothills Policy Area and City of Knox is:
- A smaller percentage of 'Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24)' (8.3% compared to 9.3%)
From 2011 to 2016, Dandenong Foothills Policy Area's population increased by 372 people (1.3%). This represents an average annual population change of 0.25% 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) (+440 people)
- Seniors (70 to 84) (+401 people)
- Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49) (-276 people)
- Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24) (-269 people)