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Service age groups

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Brookfield had a higher proportion of pre-schoolers and a higher proportion of persons at post retirement age than City of Melton in 2016.

The Age Structure of Brookfield provides key insights into the level of demand for age based services and facilities such as child care. It is an indicator of Brookfield'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 Brookfield'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
Brookfield - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Service age group (years)Number%City of Melton %Number%City of Melton %2011 to 2016
Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4)97110.68.55088.39.3+464
Primary schoolers (5 to 11)1,07111.711.85799.511.1+492
Secondary schoolers (12 to 17)7468.18.35358.88.5+211
Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24)8198.98.966610.99.2+154
Young workforce (25 to 34)1,56617.115.51,04817.217.2+519
Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49)1,83420.023.71,20419.823.3+630
Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59)8619.410.468211.210.8+180
Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69)7328.07.94357.16.7+297
Seniors (70 to 84)4715.14.33706.13.5+101
Elderly aged (85 and over)911.00.7681.10.6+23
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 Brookfield in 2016 compared to City of Melton shows that there was a higher proportion of people in the younger age groups (0 to 17 years) as well as a higher proportion of people in the older age groups (60+ years).

Overall, 30.4% of the population was aged between 0 and 17, and 14.1% were aged 60 years and over, compared with 28.6% and 12.8% respectively for City of Melton.

The major differences between the age structure of Brookfield and City of Melton were:

  • A larger percentage of 'Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4)' (10.6% compared to 8.5%)
  • A larger percentage of 'Young workforce (25 to 34)' (17.1% compared to 15.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49)' (20.0% compared to 23.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59)' (9.4% compared to 10.4%)

Emerging groups

From 2011 to 2016, Brookfield's population increased by 3,071 people (50.4%). This represents an average annual population change of 8.5% per year over the period.

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

  • Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49) (+630 people)
  • Young workforce (25 to 34) (+519 people)
  • Primary schoolers (5 to 11) (+492 people)
  • Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4) (+464 people)

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