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Melrose Park

Service age groups

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Melrose Park had a higher proportion of pre-schoolers and a lower proportion of persons at post retirement age than City of Mitcham in 2016.

The Age Structure of Melrose Park provides key insights into the level of demand for age based services and facilities such as child care. It is an indicator of Melrose Park'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 Melrose Park'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
Melrose Park - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Service age group (years)Number%City of Mitcham %Number%City of Mitcham %2011 to 2016
Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4)1637.35.31376.45.7+26
Primary schoolers (5 to 11)1818.18.61436.78.1+38
Secondary schoolers (12 to 17)1135.17.51085.17.6+5
Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24)1798.09.122210.49.6-43
Young workforce (25 to 34)33715.110.733515.710.9+2
Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49)45520.420.041619.520.5+39
Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59)26111.713.426112.213.60
Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69)1998.911.51607.511.4+39
Seniors (70 to 84)2109.410.422610.69.5-16
Elderly aged (85 and over)1285.83.41286.03.10
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 Melrose Park in 2016 compared to City of Mitcham shows that there was a lower proportion of people in the younger age groups (0 to 17 years) as well as a lower proportion of people in the older age groups (60+ years).

Overall, 20.5% of the population was aged between 0 and 17, and 24.1% were aged 60 years and over, compared with 21.4% and 25.4% respectively for City of Mitcham.

The major differences between the age structure of Melrose Park and City of Mitcham were:

  • A larger percentage of 'Young workforce (25 to 34)' (15.1% compared to 10.7%)
  • A larger percentage of 'Elderly aged (85 and over)' (5.8% compared to 3.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69)' (8.9% compared to 11.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Secondary schoolers (12 to 17)' (5.1% compared to 7.5%)

Emerging groups

From 2011 to 2016, Melrose Park's population increased by 90 people (4.2%). This represents an average annual population change of 0.83% per year over the period.

There were no major differences in Melrose Park between 2011 and 2016.

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