RDA Darling Downs and South West Region
Service age groups
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.
Derived from the Census question:
'What is the person's date of birth or age?'
|Age structure - Service age groups|
|RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Total persons (Usual residence)||2016||2011||Change|
|Service age group (years)||Number||%||Regional QLD %||Number||%||Regional QLD %||2011 to 2016|
|Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4)||17,255||6.5||6.1||18,642||7.4||6.8||-1,387|
|Primary schoolers (5 to 11)||26,116||9.9||9.4||25,408||10.0||9.5||+708|
|Secondary schoolers (12 to 17)||21,471||8.1||7.7||22,489||8.9||8.3||-1,018|
|Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24)||21,653||8.2||8.3||20,756||8.2||8.5||+897|
|Young workforce (25 to 34)||31,653||12.0||12.4||29,108||11.5||12.4||+2,545|
|Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49)||48,379||18.3||19.6||49,689||19.6||21.0||-1,310|
|Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59)||34,437||13.0||13.4||32,682||12.9||13.2||+1,755|
|Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69)||30,769||11.6||11.7||27,152||10.7||10.7||+3,617|
|Seniors (70 to 84)||26,463||10.0||9.4||22,191||8.8||8.0||+4,272|
|Elderly aged (85 and over)||5,955||2.3||1.9||4,828||1.9||1.7||+1,127|
Please refer to specific data notes for more information
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 (35 to 49)' (18.3% compared to 19.6%)
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)