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Shire of Mundaring

Service age groups

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The Shire of Mundaring had a lower proportion of pre-schoolers and a higher proportion of persons at post retirement age than Greater Perth in 2016.

The Age Structure of the Shire of Mundaring provides key insights into the level of demand for age based services and facilities such as child care. It is an indicator of the Shire of Mundaring'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 Shire of Mundaring'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
Shire of Mundaring - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Service age group (years)Number%Greater Perth %Number%Greater Perth %2011 to 2016
Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4)1,8965.06.51,9425.36.6-46
Primary schoolers (5 to 11)3,3168.79.03,3779.28.7-61
Secondary schoolers (12 to 17)3,0067.97.23,3829.37.9-376
Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24)3,0688.09.43,2258.810.2-157
Young workforce (25 to 34)4,17510.915.83,3929.314.7+783
Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49)8,01521.020.98,38222.921.6-367
Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59)5,84215.312.25,48415.012.4+358
Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69)4,83112.79.74,29011.79.2+541
Seniors (70 to 84)3,3948.97.52,5827.17.0+812
Elderly aged (85 and over)6041.61.84731.31.6+131
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 Shire of Mundaring in 2016 compared to Greater Perth 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, 21.5% of the population was aged between 0 and 17, and 23.1% were aged 60 years and over, compared with 22.7% and 19.0% respectively for Greater Perth.

The major differences between the age structure of the Shire of Mundaring and Greater Perth were:

  • A larger percentage of 'Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59)' (15.3% compared to 12.2%)
  • A larger percentage of 'Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69)' (12.7% compared to 9.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Young workforce (25 to 34)' (10.9% compared to 15.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4)' (5.0% compared to 6.5%)

Emerging groups

From 2011 to 2016, Shire of Mundaring's population increased by 1,618 people (4.4%). This represents an average annual population change of 0.87% per year over the period.

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

  • Seniors (70 to 84) (+812 people)
  • Young workforce (25 to 34) (+783 people)
  • Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69) (+541 people)
  • Secondary schoolers (12 to 17) (-376 people)