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 female resident workers in All industries 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 - All industries 20162011Change
Ten year age groups (years)Number%. Queensland%Number%. Queensland%2011 - 2016
15 to 24 years8,82416.016.38,97016.817.4-146
25 to 34 years10,48819.121.59,52917.820.8+959
35 to 44 years11,14320.321.911,93622.423.2-793
45 to 54 years12,58622.922.412,80524.022.9-219
55 to 64 years9,29716.914.58,11415.213.3+1,183
65 years and over2,6864.93.32,0463.82.3+640
Total Females55,024100.0100.053,400100.0100.0+1,624

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

Overall, 55.3% of the female resident workers was aged under 45 years, compared to 59.7% for Queensland. 44.7% were aged 45 years and over, compared to 40.3% for Queensland.

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

  • A smaller percentage of female resident workers aged 25 to 34 years (19.1% compared to 21.5%)
  • A larger percentage of female resident workers aged 55 to 64 years (16.9% compared to 14.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of female resident workers aged 35 to 44 years (20.3% compared to 21.9%)
  • A larger percentage of female resident workers aged 65 years and over (4.9% compared to 3.3%)

Emerging groups

From 2011 to 2016, the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region's female resident workers (All industries) population increased by 1,624 people (3.0%). This represents an average annual change of 0.60% per year over the period.

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

  • 55 to 64 years (+1,183 females)
  • 25 to 34 years (+959 females)
  • 35 to 44 years (-793 females)
  • 65 years and over (+640 females)

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