RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

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RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

Resident workers - Age structure

In the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region, most resident workers in Construction 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.

Data source

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2011 and 2016 – by usual residence

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Resident workers age structure
RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Construction 20162011Change
Ten year age groups (years)Number%. Queensland%Number%. Queensland%2011 - 2016
15 to 24 years1,71518.114.11,88820.516.1-173
25 to 34 years2,38325.225.02,02122.024.0+362
35 to 44 years1,87919.823.52,00021.724.6-121
45 to 54 years1,81119.121.11,88020.420.8-69
55 to 64 years1,37514.513.51,17712.812.4+198
65 years and over3093.32.92342.52.2+75
Total Persons9,472100.0100.09,200100.0100.0+272

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

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Dominant groups

Analysis of the resident workers (Construction) age structure of the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region in 2016 compared to Queensland shows that there was a higher proportion of persons in the younger age groups (15 to 44 years) as well as a lower proportion of persons in the older age groups (45 years and over).

Overall, 63.1% of the resident workers was aged under 45 years, compared to 62.6% for Queensland. 36.9% were aged 45 years and over, compared to 37.4% for Queensland.

The major difference between the resident workers age structure of the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region and Queensland is:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers aged 15 to 24 years (18.1% compared to 14.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers aged 35 to 44 years (19.8% compared to 23.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers aged 45 to 54 years (19.1% compared to 21.1%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers aged 55 to 64 years (14.5% compared to 13.5%)

Emerging groups

From 2011 to 2016, the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region's resident workers (Construction) population increased by 272 people (3.0%). This represents an average annual change of 0.58% 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:

  • 25 to 34 years (+362 persons)
  • 55 to 64 years (+198 persons)
  • 15 to 24 years (-173 persons)
  • 35 to 44 years (-121 persons)

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