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Wollondilly Shire

Service age groups

Wollondilly Shire had a higher proportion of pre-schoolers and a lower proportion of persons at post retirement age than Greater Sydney in 2011.

The Age Structure of Wollondilly Shire provides key insights into the level of demand for age based services and facilities such as child care. It is an indicator of Wollondilly 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 Wollondilly 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
Wollondilly Shire - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Service age group (years)Number%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idBabies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4)3,1727.36.83,0197.56.6+153
map this data in atlas.idPrimary schoolers (5 to 11)4,79811.18.74,71711.79.1+81
map this data in atlas.idSecondary schoolers (12 to 17)3,9909.27.44,08410.17.9-94
map this data in atlas.idTertiary education and independence (18 to 24)3,8949.09.53,5038.79.9+391
map this data in atlas.idYoung workforce (25 to 34)4,65510.815.44,91312.215.3-258
map this data in atlas.idParents and homebuilders (35 to 49)9,70622.421.99,47123.522.5+235
map this data in atlas.idOlder workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59)5,91013.712.25,32313.212.2+587
map this data in atlas.idEmpty nesters and retirees (60 to 69)4,1559.69.02,9437.37.8+1,212
map this data in atlas.idSeniors (70 to 84)2,5165.87.22,0175.07.3+499
map this data in atlas.idElderly aged (85 and over)4631.11.83470.91.6+116

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), Greater Sydney: 6.8% Primary schoolers (5 to 11), Greater Sydney: 8.7% Secondary schoolers (12 to 17), Greater Sydney: 7.4% Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24), Greater Sydney: 9.5% Young workforce (25 to 34), Greater Sydney: 15.4% Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49), Greater Sydney: 21.9% Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59), Greater Sydney: 12.2% Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69), Greater Sydney: 9.0% Seniors (70 to 84), Greater Sydney: 7.2% Elderly aged (85 and over), Greater Sydney: 1.8% Babies and pre-schoolers (0 to 4), Wollondilly Shire: 7.3% Primary schoolers (5 to 11), Wollondilly Shire: 11.1% Secondary schoolers (12 to 17), Wollondilly Shire: 9.2% Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24), Wollondilly Shire: 9.0% Young workforce (25 to 34), Wollondilly Shire: 10.8% Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49), Wollondilly Shire: 22.4% Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59), Wollondilly Shire: 13.7% Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69), Wollondilly Shire: 9.6% Seniors (70 to 84), Wollondilly Shire: 5.8% Elderly aged (85 and over), Wollondilly Shire: 1.1%
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), Wollondilly Shire: +153 Primary schoolers (5 to 11), Wollondilly Shire: +81 Secondary schoolers (12 to 17), Wollondilly Shire: -94 Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24), Wollondilly Shire: +391 Young workforce (25 to 34), Wollondilly Shire: -258 Parents and homebuilders (35 to 49), Wollondilly Shire: +235 Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59), Wollondilly Shire: +587 Empty nesters and retirees (60 to 69), Wollondilly Shire: +1,212 Seniors (70 to 84), Wollondilly Shire: +499 Elderly aged (85 and over), Wollondilly Shire: +116
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 Wollondilly Shire in 2011 compared to Greater Sydney shows that there was a higher proportion of people in the younger age groups (0 to 17 years) and a lower proportion of people in the older age groups (60+ years).

Overall, 27.6% of the population was aged between 0 and 17, and 16.5% were aged 60 years and over, compared with 22.9% and 18.0% respectively for Greater Sydney.

The major differences between the age structure of Wollondilly Shire and Greater Sydney were:

  • A larger percentage of 'Primary schoolers' (11.1% compared to 8.7%)
  • A larger percentage of 'Secondary schoolers' (9.2% compared to 7.4%)
  • A larger percentage of 'Older workers & pre-retirees' (13.7% compared to 12.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of 'Young workforce' (10.8% compared to 15.4%)

Emerging groups

From 2006 to 2011, Wollondilly Shire's population increased by 2,922 people (7.2%). This represents an average annual population change of 1.41% 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) (+1,212 people)
  • Older workers and pre-retirees (50 to 59) (+587 people)
  • Seniors (70 to 84) (+499 people)
  • Tertiary education and independence (18 to 24) (+391 people)

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