RDA Darling Downs and South West Region
Resident workers - Age structure
In the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region, there are more younger female workers (15 to 44 years) than older female workers (45 year and over) in the female resident workers .
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.
Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2011 and 2016 – by usual residence
|Resident workers age structure|
|RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Females - All industries||2016||2011||Change|
|Ten year age groups (years)||Number||%||Mining%||Number||%||Mining%||2011 to 2016|
|15 to 24 years||8,824||16.0||9.2||8,970||16.8||19.1||-146||31001|
|25 to 34 years||10,488||19.1||33.4||9,529||17.8||34.2||+959||31002|
|35 to 44 years||11,143||20.3||25.3||11,936||22.4||24.1||-793||31003|
|45 to 54 years||12,586||22.9||22.9||12,805||24.0||16.8||-219||31004|
|55 to 64 years||9,297||16.9||8.2||8,114||15.2||4.9||+1,183||31005|
|65 years and over||2,686||4.9||1.0||2,046||3.8||0.9||+640||31006|
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing (opens a new window) 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id (opens a new window), the population experts.
Analysis of the female resident workers age structure of the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region in 2016 compared to Mining shows that there was a higher 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 67.9% for Mining. 44.7% were aged 45 years and over, compared to 32.1% for Mining.
The major differences between the female resident workers age structure of the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region and Mining were:
- A larger percentage of female resident workers aged 55 to 64 years (16.9% compared to 8.2%)
- A larger percentage of female resident workers aged 15 to 24 years (16.0% compared to 9.2%)
- A smaller percentage of female resident workers aged 25 to 34 years (19.1% compared to 33.4%)
- A smaller percentage of female resident workers aged 35 to 44 years (20.3% compared to 25.3%)
From 2011 to 2016, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region's female resident workers population increased by 1,624 people (3.0%). This represents an average annual change of 0.6% 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)