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Local workers - Age structure - Public Administration and Safety

In Cairns, there are more younger workers (15 to 44 years) than older workers (45 year and over) in the Public Administration and Safety local worker population.

The Age Structure of an industry's local workers is a key component to understanding the role and function of that industry in Cairns. It is an indicator of the age of the industry and how long it has been established in the area, as well as the possible challenges in expanding that industry in the future.

For example an area with young local workers may be more mobile and likely to change jobs/industries in the future while an industry with an older local workers may face succession planning issues and challenges in attracting new staff.

For a complete local workers analysis for Cairns, Age Structure should be viewed in conjunction with Income and Hours worked.

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2011 (experimental imputed) & 2016 – by place of work

Please note – The 2016 Census used a new methodology to “impute” a work location to people who didn’t state their workplace address. As a result, 2016 and 2011 place of work data are not normally comparable. To allow comparison between 2011 and 2016, .id has sourced a 2011 dataset from the ABS which was experimentally imputed using the same methodology. To provide this detail, Cairns in 2011 had to be constructed from a best fit of Work Destination Zones (DZNs). While it may not be an exact match to the LGA or region boundary, it is considered close enough to allow some comparison. Users should treat this time series data with caution, however, and not compare directly with 2011 data from any other source.

Local workers age structure
Cairns - Public Administration and Safety20162011Change
Ten year age groups (years)Number%Wholesale Trade %Number%Wholesale Trade %2011 to 2016
15 to 24 years3095.79.14488.210.2-139
25 to 34 years1,16421.518.01,29023.619.8-126
35 to 44 years1,47627.325.51,56928.626.5-93
45 to 54 years1,43726.624.11,34824.622.9+89
55 to 64 years87816.219.372813.317.5+150
65 years and over1482.74.0941.73.1+54

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

Local workers age structure, 2016
Local workers age structure, 2016 15 to 24 years, Wholesale Trade: 9.1% 25 to 34 years, Wholesale Trade: 18.0% 35 to 44 years, Wholesale Trade: 25.5% 45 to 54 years, Wholesale Trade: 24.1% 55 to 64 years, Wholesale Trade: 19.3% 65 years and over, Wholesale Trade: 4.0% 15 to 24 years, Public Administration and Safety: 5.7% 25 to 34 years, Public Administration and Safety: 21.5% 35 to 44 years, Public Administration and Safety: 27.3% 45 to 54 years, Public Administration and Safety: 26.6% 55 to 64 years, Public Administration and Safety: 16.2% 65 years and over, Public Administration and Safety: 2.7%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in local workers age structure, 2011 to 2016
Change in local workers age structure, 2011 to 2016 15 to 24 years, Cairns - Public Administration and Safety: -139 25 to 34 years, Cairns - Public Administration and Safety: -126 35 to 44 years, Cairns - Public Administration and Safety: -93 45 to 54 years, Cairns - Public Administration and Safety: +89 55 to 64 years, Cairns - Public Administration and Safety: +150 65 years and over, Cairns - Public Administration and Safety: +54
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 and 2016
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the age structure of the Public Administration and Safety workforce in Cairns in 2016 compared to the Wholesale Trade workforce within Cairns shows that there was a higher proportion of people in the younger age groups (15 to 44 years) and a lower proportion of people in the older age groups (45 years and over).

Overall, 54.5% of the Public Administration and Safety workforce was aged under 45 years, compared to 52.6% for the Wholesale Trade workforce within Cairns. 45.5% were aged 45 years and over, compared to 47.4% for the Wholesale Trade workforce within Cairns.

The major differences between the age structure of the Public Administration and Safety workforce in Cairns and the Wholesale Trade workforce were:

  • A larger percentage of local workers aged 25 to 34 years (21.5% compared to 18.0%)
  • A larger percentage of local workers aged 45 to 54 years (26.6% compared to 24.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers aged 15 to 24 years (5.7% compared to 9.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of local workers aged 55 to 64 years (16.2% compared to 19.3%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the age structure of the Public Administration and Safety workforce in Cairns between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • 55 to 64 years (+150 local workers)
  • 15 to 24 years (-139 local workers)
  • 25 to 34 years (-126 local workers)
  • 35 to 44 years (-93 local workers)

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