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South Gippsland Shire

Service age groups

South Gippsland Shire had a similar proportion of pre-schoolers and a higher proportion of persons at post retirement age than Regional VIC in 2011.

The Age Structure of South Gippsland Shire provides key insights into the level of demand for age based services and facilities such as child care. It is an indicator of South Gippsland Shire'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 South Gippsland Shire'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
South Gippsland Shire - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Service age group (years)Number%Regional VIC %Number%Regional VIC %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idBabies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4)1,5935.96.31,4515.66.0+142
map this data in atlas.idPrimary schoolers (5 to 11)2,3768.78.82,4379.59.7-61
map this data in atlas.idSecondary schoolers (12 to 17)2,2858.48.42,3719.29.0-86
map this data in atlas.idTertiary education and independence (18 to 24)1,7426.48.11,6606.58.0+82
map this data in atlas.idYoung workforce (25 to 34)2,3958.810.52,2238.610.7+172
map this data in atlas.idParents and homebuilders (35 to 49)5,19219.119.85,31420.721.1-122
map this data in atlas.idOlder workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59)4,08115.014.03,97815.513.8+103
map this data in atlas.idEmpty nesters and retirees (60 to 69)3,92214.411.93,06511.910.0+857
map this data in atlas.idSeniors (70 to 84)2,95510.910.02,68510.49.7+270
map this data in atlas.idElderly aged (85 and over)6722.52.35462.12.0+126

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 VIC: 6.3% Primary schoolers (5 to 11), Regional VIC: 8.8% Secondary schoolers (12 to 17), Regional VIC: 8.4% Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24), Regional VIC: 8.1% Young workforce (25 to 34), Regional VIC: 10.5% Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49), Regional VIC: 19.8% Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59), Regional VIC: 14.0% Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69), Regional VIC: 11.9% Seniors (70 to 84), Regional VIC: 10.0% Elderly aged (85 and over), Regional VIC: 2.3% Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4), South Gippsland Shire: 5.9% Primary schoolers (5 to 11), South Gippsland Shire: 8.7% Secondary schoolers (12 to 17), South Gippsland Shire: 8.4% Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24), South Gippsland Shire: 6.4% Young workforce (25 to 34), South Gippsland Shire: 8.8% Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49), South Gippsland Shire: 19.1% Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59), South Gippsland Shire: 15.0% Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69), South Gippsland Shire: 14.4% Seniors (70 to 84), South Gippsland Shire: 10.9% Elderly aged (85 and over), South Gippsland Shire: 2.5%
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), South Gippsland Shire: +142 Primary schoolers (5 to 11), South Gippsland Shire: -61 Secondary schoolers (12 to 17), South Gippsland Shire: -86 Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24), South Gippsland Shire: +82 Young workforce (25 to 34), South Gippsland Shire: +172 Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49), South Gippsland Shire: -122 Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59), South Gippsland Shire: +103 Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69), South Gippsland Shire: +857 Seniors (70 to 84), South Gippsland Shire: +270 Elderly aged (85 and over), South Gippsland Shire: +126
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 South Gippsland Shire in 2011 compared to Regional VIC 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, 23.0% of the population was aged between 0 and 17, and 27.7% were aged 60 years and over, compared with 23.5% and 24.2% respectively for Regional VIC.

The major differences between the age structure of South Gippsland Shire and Regional VIC were:

  • A larger percentage of 'Empty nesters and retirees' (14.4% compared to 11.9%)
  • A larger percentage of 'Older workers & pre-retirees' (15.0% compared to 14.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Young workforce' (8.8% compared to 10.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Tertiary education & independence' (6.4% compared to 8.1%)

Emerging groups

From 2006 to 2011, South Gippsland Shire's population increased by 1,483 people (5.8%). This represents an average annual population change of 1.13% 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) (+857 people)
  • Seniors (70 to 84) (+270 people)
  • Young workforce (25 to 34) (+172 people)
  • Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4) (+142 people)

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