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Service age groups

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Oakleigh had a similar proportion of pre-schoolers and a lower proportion of persons at post retirement age than City of Monash in 2016.

The Age Structure of Oakleigh provides key insights into the level of demand for age based services and facilities such as child care. It is an indicator of Oakleigh'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 Oakleigh'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
Oakleigh - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Service age group (years)Number%City of Monash %Number%City of Monash %2011 to 2016
Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4)4195548265-63
Primary schoolers (5 to 11)624886148710
Secondary schoolers (12 to 17)494664786716
Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24)834111382711137
Young workforce (25 to 34)1,27316151,240161433
Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49)1,73822201,703232035
Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59)97212118201112152
Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69)6498957281077
Seniors (70 to 84)61381057781036
Elderly aged (85 and over)239332063233
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 Oakleigh in 2016 compared to City of Monash shows that there was a higher proportion of people in the younger age groups (0 to 17 years) and a lower proportion of people in the older age groups (60+ years).

Overall, 19.6% of the population was aged between 0 and 17, and 19.1% were aged 60 years and over, compared with 19.1% and 21.9% respectively for City of Monash.

The major differences between the age structure of Oakleigh and City of Monash were:

  • A larger percentage of 'Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49)' (22.1% compared to 19.5%)
  • A larger percentage of 'Young workforce (25 to 34)' (16.2% compared to 14.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24)' (10.6% compared to 13.3%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Seniors (70 to 84)' (7.8% compared to 9.9%)

Emerging groups

From 2011 to 2016, Oakleigh's population increased by 336 people (4.5%). This represents an average annual population change of 0.88% per year over the period.

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

  • Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59) (+152 people)
  • Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69) (+77 people)
  • Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4) (-63 people)

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