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RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

Service age groups

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The RDA Darling Downs and South West Region had a similar proportion of pre-schoolers and a higher proportion of persons at post retirement age than Regional QLD in 2016.

The Age Structure of the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region provides key insights into the level of demand for age based services and facilities such as child care. It is an indicator of the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region'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 RDA Darling Downs and South West Region'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?'

Total population

Age structure - Service age groups
RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Service age group (years)Number%Regional QLD %Number%Regional QLD %2011 to 2016
Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4)17,2556.56.118,6427.46.8-1,387
Primary schoolers (5 to 11)26,1169.99.425,40810.09.5+708
Secondary schoolers (12 to 17)21,4718.17.722,4898.98.3-1,018
Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24)21,6538.28.320,7568.28.5+897
Young workforce (25 to 34)31,65312.012.429,10811.512.4+2,545
Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49)48,37918.319.649,68919.621.0-1,310
Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59)34,43713.013.432,68212.913.2+1,755
Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69)30,76911.611.727,15210.710.7+3,617
Seniors (70 to 84)26,46310.09.422,1918.88.0+4,272
Elderly aged (85 and over)5,9552.31.94,8281.91.7+1,127

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Age structure - service age groups, 2016
Age structure - service age groups, 2016 Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4), Regional QLD: 6.1% Primary schoolers (5 to 11), Regional QLD: 9.4% Secondary schoolers (12 to 17), Regional QLD: 7.7% Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24), Regional QLD: 8.3% Young workforce (25 to 34), Regional QLD: 12.4% Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49), Regional QLD: 19.6% Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59), Regional QLD: 13.4% Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69), Regional QLD: 11.7% Seniors (70 to 84), Regional QLD: 9.4% Elderly aged (85 and over), Regional QLD: 1.9% Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4), RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 6.5% Primary schoolers (5 to 11), RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 9.9% Secondary schoolers (12 to 17), RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 8.1% Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24), RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 8.2% Young workforce (25 to 34), RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 12.0% Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49), RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 18.3% Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59), RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 13.0% Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69), RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 11.6% Seniors (70 to 84), RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 10.0% Elderly aged (85 and over), RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 2.3%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in age structure - service age groups, 2011 to 2016
Change in age structure - service age groups, 2011 to 2016 Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4), RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: -1,387 Primary schoolers (5 to 11), RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +708 Secondary schoolers (12 to 17), RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: -1,018 Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24), RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +897 Young workforce (25 to 34), RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +2,545 Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49), RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: -1,310 Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59), RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +1,755 Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69), RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +3,617 Seniors (70 to 84), RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +4,272 Elderly aged (85 and over), RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +1,127
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 and 2016 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the service age groups of the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region in 2016 compared to Regional QLD shows that there was a higher proportion of people in the younger age groups (0 to 17 years) as well as a higher proportion of people in the older age groups (60+ years).

Overall, 24.5% of the population was aged between 0 and 17, and 23.9% were aged 60 years and over, compared with 23.2% and 23.0% respectively for Regional QLD.

The major difference between the age structure of the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region and Regional QLD is:

  • A smaller percentage of 'Parents and homebuilders' (18.3% compared to 19.6%)

Emerging groups

From 2011 to 2016, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region's population increased by 11,206 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) (+4,272 people)
  • Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69) (+3,617 people)
  • Young workforce (25 to 34) (+2,545 people)
  • Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59) (+1,755 people)

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