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RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

Service age groups

The RDA Darling Downs and South West Region had a higher proportion of pre-schoolers and a higher proportion of persons at post retirement age than Regional QLD in 2011.

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 last birthday)?'

Total population

Age structure - Service age groups
RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Service age group (years)Number%Regional QLD %Number%Regional QLD %2006 to 2011
Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4)18,6427.46.816,7347.16.5+1,908
Primary schoolers (5 to 11)25,40810.09.524,84610.59.9+562
Secondary schoolers (12 to 17)22,4898.98.322,0709.38.7+420
Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24)20,7568.28.520,7408.88.7+16
Young workforce (25 to 34)29,10811.512.427,73711.712.5+1,371
Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49)49,68919.621.049,18120.821.9+508
Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59)32,68212.913.230,01812.713.2+2,664
Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69)27,15210.710.722,0209.39.4+5,132
Seniors (70 to 84)22,1918.88.019,4728.27.8+2,719
Elderly aged (85 and over)4,8281.91.74,0061.71.4+823

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2006 and 2011. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Age structure - service age groups, 2011
Age structure - service age groups, 2011 Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4), Regional QLD: 6.8% Primary schoolers (5 to 11), Regional QLD: 9.5% Secondary schoolers (12 to 17), Regional QLD: 8.3% Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24), Regional QLD: 8.5% Young workforce (25 to 34), Regional QLD: 12.4% Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49), Regional QLD: 21.0% Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59), Regional QLD: 13.2% Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69), Regional QLD: 10.7% Seniors (70 to 84), Regional QLD: 8.0% Elderly aged (85 and over), Regional QLD: 1.7% Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4), RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 7.4% Primary schoolers (5 to 11), RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 10.0% Secondary schoolers (12 to 17), RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 8.9% 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: 11.5% Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49), RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 19.6% Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59), RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 12.9% Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69), RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 10.7% Seniors (70 to 84), RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 8.8% Elderly aged (85 and over), RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 1.9%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in age structure - service age groups, 2006 to 2011
Change in age structure - service age groups, 2006 to 2011 Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4), RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +1,908 Primary schoolers (5 to 11), RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +562 Secondary schoolers (12 to 17), RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +420 Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24), RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +16 Young workforce (25 to 34), RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +1,371 Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49), RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +508 Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59), RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +2,664 Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69), RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +5,132 Seniors (70 to 84), RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +2,719 Elderly aged (85 and over), RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +823
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2011 (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 2011 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, 26.3% of the population was aged between 0 and 17, and 21.4% were aged 60 years and over, compared with 24.6% and 20.4% respectively for Regional QLD.

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

  • A larger percentage of 'Seniors' (8.8% compared to 8.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Parents and homebuilders' (19.6% compared to 21.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Young workforce' (11.5% compared to 12.4%)

Emerging groups

From 2006 to 2011, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region's population increased by 16,121 people (6.8%). This represents an average annual population change of 1.33% per year over the period.

The largest changes in the age structure in this area between 2006 and 2011 were in the age groups:

  • Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69) (+5,132 people)
  • Seniors (70 to 84) (+2,719 people)
  • Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59) (+2,664 people)
  • Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4) (+1,908 people)

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