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RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

Resident workers - Age structure

In the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region, there are more younger male workers (15 to 44 years) than older male workers (45 year and over) in the male resident workers .

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 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 RDA Darling Downs and South West Region, Age Structure should be analysed in conjunction with Qualifications, 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 - Males - All industries20162011Change
Ten year age groups (years)Number%Queensland%Number%Queensland%2011 to 2016
15 to 24 years9,51615.514.910,08216.215.6-566
25 to 34 years12,30520.022.111,62918.721.5+676
35 to 44 years11,86019.322.013,21921.223.1-1,359
45 to 54 years12,85820.921.313,50121.721.4-643
55 to 64 years10,58717.215.110,26216.514.7+325
65 years and over4,3617.14.63,5895.83.7+772

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

Resident workers age structure, 2016
Resident workers age structure, 2016 15 to 24 years, Queensland : 14.9% 25 to 34 years, Queensland : 22.1% 35 to 44 years, Queensland : 22.0% 45 to 54 years, Queensland : 21.3% 55 to 64 years, Queensland : 15.1% 65 years and over, Queensland : 4.6% 15 to 24 years, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: 15.5% 25 to 34 years, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: 20.0% 35 to 44 years, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: 19.3% 45 to 54 years, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: 20.9% 55 to 64 years, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: 17.2% 65 years and over, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: 7.1%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in resident workers age structure, 2011 to 2016
Change in resident workers age structure, 2011 to 2016 15 to 24 years, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: -566 25 to 34 years, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: +676 35 to 44 years, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: -1,359 45 to 54 years, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: -643 55 to 64 years, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: +325 65 years and over, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: +772
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 male resident workers age structure of the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region in 2016 compared to Queensland shows that there was a higher proportion of males in the younger age groups (15 to 44 years) as well as a higher proportion of males in the older age groups (45 years and over).

Overall, 54.8% of the male resident workers was aged under 45 years, compared to 58.9% for Queensland. 45.2% were aged 45 years and over, compared to 41.1% for Queensland.

The major differences between the male resident workers age structure of the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of male resident workers aged 65 years and over (7.1% compared to 4.6%)
  • A larger percentage of male resident workers aged 55 to 64 years (17.2% compared to 15.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of male resident workers aged 35 to 44 years (19.3% compared to 22.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of male resident workers aged 25 to 34 years (20.0% compared to 22.1%)

Emerging groups

From 2011 to 2016, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region's male resident workers population decreased by 795 people (1.3%). This represents an average annual change of -0.26% per year over the period.

The largest changes in the male 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 (-1,359 males)
  • 65 years and over (+772 males)
  • 25 to 34 years (+676 males)
  • 45 to 54 years (-643 males)

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