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Dandenong Foothills Policy Area

Service age groups

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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.

To get a more complete picture Dandenong Foothills Policy Area's Age Structure should be viewed in conjunction with Household Types and Dwelling Types.

Q:

Derived from the Census question:

'What is the person's date of birth or age?'

Age structure - Service age groups
Dandenong Foothills Policy Area - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Service age group (years)Number%City of Knox %Number%City of Knox %2011 to 2016
Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4) 1,800 6.1 5.8 1,792 6.1 6.0 +8
Primary schoolers (5 to 11) 2,504 8.5 8.2 2,456 8.4 8.5 +48
Secondary schoolers (12 to 17) 2,067 7.0 7.3 2,229 7.6 8.3 -162
Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24) 2,462 8.3 9.3 2,731 9.4 9.9 -269
Young workforce (25 to 34) 3,802 12.9 13.2 3,666 12.6 12.6 +136
Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49) 6,262 21.2 20.6 6,538 22.4 22.0 -276
Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59) 4,042 13.7 14.0 4,072 14.0 14.1 -30
Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69) 3,368 11.4 11.3 2,928 10.0 10.0 +440
Seniors (70 to 84) 2,603 8.8 8.3 2,202 7.5 6.9 +401
Elderly aged (85 and over) 638 2.2 2.0 562 1.9 1.7 +76
Total29,552100.0100.029,180100.0100.0+373
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 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%)

Emerging groups

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)