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Diggers Rest

Service age groups

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

The Age Structure of Diggers Rest provides key insights into the level of demand for age based services and facilities such as child care. It is an indicator of Diggers Rest'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 Diggers Rest's Age Structure should be viewed in conjunction with Household Types and Dwelling Types.

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Derived from the Census question:

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

Age structure - Service age groups
Diggers Rest - 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) 166 7.1 8.5 113 6.1 9.3 +53
Primary schoolers (5 to 11) 173 7.4 11.8 155 8.4 11.1 +18
Secondary schoolers (12 to 17) 151 6.5 8.3 151 8.1 8.5 0
Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24) 240 10.3 8.9 214 11.5 9.2 +26
Young workforce (25 to 34) 429 18.3 15.5 264 14.2 17.2 +165
Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49) 448 19.2 23.7 396 21.3 23.3 +52
Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59) 342 14.6 10.4 304 16.4 10.8 +38
Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69) 260 11.1 7.9 172 9.3 6.7 +88
Seniors (70 to 84) 122 5.2 4.3 83 4.5 3.5 +39
Elderly aged (85 and over) 8 0.3 0.7 4 0.2 0.6 +4
Total2,339100.0100.01,856100.0100.0+483
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 Diggers Rest in 2016 compared to City of Melton 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, 20.9% of the population was aged between 0 and 17, and 16.7% 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 Diggers Rest and City of Melton were:

  • A larger percentage of 'Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59)' (14.6% compared to 10.4%)
  • A larger percentage of 'Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69)' (11.1% compared to 7.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49)' (19.2% compared to 23.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Primary schoolers (5 to 11)' (7.4% compared to 11.8%)

Emerging groups

From 2011 to 2016, Diggers Rest's population increased by 483 people (26.0%). This represents an average annual population change of 4.73% 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) (+165 people)
  • Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69) (+88 people)
  • Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4) (+53 people)
  • Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49) (+52 people)