RDA Darling Downs and South West Region
Resident workers - Age structure
In the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region, there are more younger workers (15 to 44 years) than older workers (45 year and over) in the resident workers (Mining).
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.
Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2011 and 2016 – by usual residence
|Resident workers age structure|
|RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Mining||2016||2011||Change|
|Ten year age groups (years)||Number||%||Australia%||Number||%||Australia%||2011 to 2016|
|15 to 24 years||145||6.2||5.2||322||11.7||9.2||-177||31001|
|25 to 34 years||658||27.9||27.8||814||29.6||27.8||-156||31002|
|35 to 44 years||671||28.5||28.6||783||28.5||27.8||-112||31003|
|45 to 54 years||582||24.7||24.4||553||20.1||22.8||+29||31004|
|55 to 64 years||259||11.0||12.3||244||8.9||11.1||+15||31005|
|65 years and over||42||1.8||1.8||30||1.1||1.3||+12||31006|
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing (opens a new window) 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id (opens a new window), the population experts.
Analysis of the resident workers (Mining) age structure of the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region in 2016 compared to Australia shows that there was a higher proportion of people in the younger age groups (15 to 44 years) as well as a lower proportion of people in the older age groups (45 years and over).
Overall, 62.5% of the resident workers (Mining) was aged under 45 years, compared to 61.5% for Australia. 37.5% were aged 45 years and over, compared to 38.5% for Australia.
The major differences between the resident workers (Mining) age structure of the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region and Australia were:
- A larger percentage of resident workers (Mining) aged 15 to 24 years (6.2% compared to 5.2%)
- A smaller percentage of resident workers (Mining) aged 55 to 64 years (11.0% compared to 12.3%)
From 2011 to 2016, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region's resident workers (Mining) population decreased by 389 people (14.2%). This represents an average annual change of -3.01% per year over the period.
The largest changes in the resident workers (Mining) age structure in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region between 2011 and 2016 were in the age groups:
- 15 to 24 years (-177 people)
- 25 to 34 years (-156 people)
- 35 to 44 years (-112 people)
- 45 to 54 years (+29 people)