RDA Darling Downs and South West Region
Resident workers - Age structure
In the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region, most resident workers in All industries are under 45 years old.
The Age Structure of the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region's resident workers is indicative of the residential role and function of the local area. This includes factors such as when the area was settled; what types of households live there; the level of access the area has to employment, services and facilities; the local dwelling stock characteristics (including cost of housing); local amenity and a range of other factors that attract people to an area.
The age structure of the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region's resident workers is indicative of the skill-levels and experience that local businesses can draw upon. For example, younger resident workers, while less experienced, are typically more mobile and have higher level skills in use of new technologies.
For a complete local resident workers analysis for the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region, Age Structure should be analysed in conjunction with Qualification, Occupations, Hours worked and Income.
Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2011 and 2016 – by usual residence
|Resident workers age structure|
|RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries||2016||2011||Change|
|Ten year age groups (years)||Number||%||Mining%||Number||%||Mining%||2011 - 2016|
|15 to 24 years||18,351||15.7||6.2||19,044||16.5||11.7||-693|
|25 to 34 years||22,790||19.6||27.9||21,157||18.3||29.6||+1,633|
|35 to 44 years||22,989||19.7||28.5||25,150||21.7||28.5||-2,161|
|45 to 54 years||25,448||21.8||24.7||26,292||22.7||20.1||-844|
|55 to 64 years||19,894||17.1||11.0||18,378||15.9||8.9||+1,516|
|65 years and over||7,048||6.0||1.8||5,636||4.9||1.1||+1,412|
Analysis of the resident workers (All industries) age structure of the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region in 2016 compared to Mining shows that there was a lower proportion of persons in the younger age groups (15 to 44 years) as well as a higher proportion of persons in the older age groups (45 years and over).
Overall, 55.0% of the resident workers was aged under 45 years, compared to 62.5% for Mining. 45.0% were aged 45 years and over, compared to 37.5% for Mining.
The major difference between the resident workers age structure of the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region and the Mining workforce is:
- A larger percentage of resident workers aged 15 to 24 years (15.7% compared to 6.2%)
- A smaller percentage of resident workers aged 35 to 44 years (19.7% compared to 28.5%)
- A smaller percentage of resident workers aged 25 to 34 years (19.6% compared to 27.9%)
- A larger percentage of resident workers aged 55 to 64 years (17.1% compared to 11.0%)
From 2011 to 2016, the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region's resident workers (All industries) population increased by 863 people (0.7%). This represents an average annual change of 0.15% per year over the period.
The largest changes in the resident workers age structure in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region between 2011 and 2016 were in the age groups:
- 35 to 44 years (-2,161 persons)
- 25 to 34 years (+1,633 persons)
- 55 to 64 years (+1,516 persons)
- 65 years and over (+1,412 persons)