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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 workers (15 to 44 years) than older workers (45 year and over) in the resident workers (Retail Trade).

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 - Retail Trade20162011Change
Ten year age groups (years)Number%Queensland%Number%Queensland%2011 to 2016
15 to 24 years3,32129.932.03,85130.733.1-530
25 to 34 years1,99417.919.92,02316.118.1-29
35 to 44 years1,84216.616.52,39319.118.0-551
45 to 54 years2,01618.116.82,37318.917.3-357
55 to 64 years1,48013.311.51,53212.211.2-52
65 years and over4644.23.23833.12.4+81

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 - Retail Trade  : 32.0% 25 to 34 years, Queensland - Retail Trade  : 19.9% 35 to 44 years, Queensland - Retail Trade  : 16.5% 45 to 54 years, Queensland - Retail Trade  : 16.8% 55 to 64 years, Queensland - Retail Trade  : 11.5% 65 years and over, Queensland - Retail Trade  : 3.2% 15 to 24 years, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Retail Trade: 29.9% 25 to 34 years, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Retail Trade: 17.9% 35 to 44 years, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Retail Trade: 16.6% 45 to 54 years, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Retail Trade: 18.1% 55 to 64 years, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Retail Trade: 13.3% 65 years and over, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Retail Trade: 4.2%
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 - Retail Trade: -530 25 to 34 years, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Retail Trade: -29 35 to 44 years, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Retail Trade: -551 45 to 54 years, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Retail Trade: -357 55 to 64 years, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Retail Trade: -52 65 years and over, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Retail Trade: +81
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 resident workers (Retail Trade) age structure of the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region in 2016 compared to Queensland shows that there was a higher proportion of people in the younger age groups (15 to 44 years) as well as a higher proportion of people in the older age groups (45 years and over).

Overall, 64.4% of the resident workers (Retail Trade) was aged under 45 years, compared to 68.5% for Queensland. 35.6% were aged 45 years and over, compared to 31.5% for Queensland.

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

  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Retail Trade) aged 55 to 64 years (13.3% compared to 11.5%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Retail Trade) aged 45 to 54 years (18.1% compared to 16.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Retail Trade) aged 15 to 24 years (29.9% compared to 32.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Retail Trade) aged 25 to 34 years (17.9% compared to 19.9%)

Emerging groups

From 2011 to 2016, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region's resident workers (Retail Trade) population decreased by 1,438 people (11.5%). This represents an average annual change of -2.4% per year over the period.

The largest changes in the resident workers (Retail Trade) age structure in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region between 2011 and 2016 were in the age groups:

  • 35 to 44 years (-551 people)
  • 15 to 24 years (-530 people)
  • 45 to 54 years (-357 people)
  • 65 years and over (+81 people)

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