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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 (Public Administration and Safety).

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 - Public Administration and Safety20162011Change
Ten year age groups (years)Number%Mining%Number%Mining%2011 to 2016
15 to 24 years6368.56.26759.111.7-39
25 to 34 years1,53620.627.91,50720.329.6+29
35 to 44 years1,74323.428.51,92926.028.5-186
45 to 54 years1,93926.024.71,92226.020.1+17
55 to 64 years1,37718.511.01,21416.48.9+163
65 years and over2192.91.81592.11.1+60

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, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Mining : 6.2% 25 to 34 years, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Mining : 27.9% 35 to 44 years, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Mining : 28.5% 45 to 54 years, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Mining : 24.7% 55 to 64 years, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Mining : 11.0% 65 years and over, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Mining : 1.8% 15 to 24 years, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Public Administration and Safety: 8.5% 25 to 34 years, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Public Administration and Safety: 20.6% 35 to 44 years, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Public Administration and Safety: 23.4% 45 to 54 years, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Public Administration and Safety: 26.0% 55 to 64 years, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Public Administration and Safety: 18.5% 65 years and over, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Public Administration and Safety: 2.9%
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 - Public Administration and Safety: -39 25 to 34 years, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Public Administration and Safety: +29 35 to 44 years, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Public Administration and Safety: -186 45 to 54 years, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Public Administration and Safety: +17 55 to 64 years, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Public Administration and Safety: +163 65 years and over, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Public Administration and Safety: +60
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 (Public Administration and Safety) age structure of the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region in 2016 compared to Mining 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, 52.6% of the resident workers (Public Administration and Safety) was aged under 45 years, compared to 62.5% for Mining. 47.4% were aged 45 years and over, compared to 37.5% for Mining.

The major differences between the resident workers (Public Administration and Safety) age structure of the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region and Mining were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Public Administration and Safety) aged 55 to 64 years (18.5% compared to 11.0%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Public Administration and Safety) aged 15 to 24 years (8.5% compared to 6.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Public Administration and Safety) aged 25 to 34 years (20.6% compared to 27.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Public Administration and Safety) aged 35 to 44 years (23.4% compared to 28.5%)

Emerging groups

From 2011 to 2016, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region's resident workers (Public Administration and Safety) population increased by 44 people (0.6%). This represents an average annual change of 0.12% per year over the period.

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

  • 35 to 44 years (-186 people)
  • 55 to 64 years (+163 people)
  • 65 years and over (+60 people)
  • 15 to 24 years (-39 people)

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