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City of Monash

Service age groups

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The City of Monash had a lower proportion of pre-schoolers and a higher proportion of persons at post retirement age than Greater Melbourne in 2016.

The Age Structure of the City of Monash provides key insights into the level of demand for age based services and facilities such as child care. It is an indicator of the City of Monash'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 the City of Monash'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
City of Monash - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Service age group (years)Number%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %2011 to 2016
Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4)9,2835.16.48,6705.16.5+613
Primary schoolers (5 to 11)13,8047.68.512,1647.28.4+1,640
Secondary schoolers (12 to 17)11,8366.56.711,4696.87.3+367
Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24)24,22713.310.021,27012.610.1+2,957
Young workforce (25 to 34)27,13614.916.323,52413.915.4+3,612
Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49)35,68919.521.134,28720.322.0+1,402
Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59)20,56511.311.919,79511.712.1+770
Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69)16,8309.29.316,7839.99.0+47
Seniors (70 to 84)18,1599.97.717,40010.37.4+759
Elderly aged (85 and over)5,0882.82.03,9132.31.8+1,175
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 the City of Monash in 2016 compared to Greater Melbourne 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, 19.1% of the population was aged between 0 and 17, and 21.9% were aged 60 years and over, compared with 21.7% and 19.0% respectively for Greater Melbourne.

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

  • A larger percentage of 'Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24)' (13.3% compared to 10.0%)
  • A larger percentage of 'Seniors (70 to 84)' (9.9% compared to 7.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49)' (19.5% compared to 21.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Young workforce (25 to 34)' (14.9% compared to 16.3%)

Emerging groups

From 2011 to 2016, City of Monash's population increased by 13,342 people (7.9%). This represents an average annual population change of 1.53% 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) (+3,612 people)
  • Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24) (+2,957 people)
  • Primary schoolers (5 to 11) (+1,640 people)
  • Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49) (+1,402 people)

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