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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 less younger workers (15 to 44 years) than older workers (45 year and over) in the resident workers (Education and Training).

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 - Education and Training20162011Change
Ten year age groups (years)Number%Mining%Number%Mining%2011 to 2016
15 to 24 years8697.56.26866.711.7+183
25 to 34 years2,01617.427.91,78417.429.6+232
35 to 44 years2,69523.228.52,52624.728.5+169
45 to 54 years3,18327.424.72,99629.320.1+187
55 to 64 years2,33920.111.01,92218.88.9+417
65 years and over5154.41.83143.11.1+201

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 - Education and Training: 7.5% 25 to 34 years, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Education and Training: 17.4% 35 to 44 years, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Education and Training: 23.2% 45 to 54 years, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Education and Training: 27.4% 55 to 64 years, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Education and Training: 20.1% 65 years and over, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Education and Training: 4.4%
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 - Education and Training: +183 25 to 34 years, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Education and Training: +232 35 to 44 years, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Education and Training: +169 45 to 54 years, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Education and Training: +187 55 to 64 years, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Education and Training: +417 65 years and over, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Education and Training: +201
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 (Education and Training) age structure of the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region in 2016 compared to Mining shows that there was a lower 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, 48.0% of the resident workers (Education and Training) was aged under 45 years, compared to 62.5% for Mining. 52.0% were aged 45 years and over, compared to 37.5% for Mining.

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

  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Education and Training) aged 55 to 64 years (20.1% compared to 11.0%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Education and Training) aged 45 to 54 years (27.4% compared to 24.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Education and Training) aged 25 to 34 years (17.4% compared to 27.9%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Education and Training) aged 35 to 44 years (23.2% compared to 28.5%)

Emerging groups

From 2011 to 2016, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region's resident workers (Education and Training) population increased by 1,389 people (13.6%). This represents an average annual change of 2.58% per year over the period.

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

  • 55 to 64 years (+417 people)
  • 25 to 34 years (+232 people)
  • 65 years and over (+201 people)
  • 45 to 54 years (+187 people)

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