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Southern Downs Regional Council area

Resident workers - Age structure

In Southern Downs Regional Council area, there are less younger male workers (15 to 44 years) than older male workers (45 year and over) in the male 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.

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
Southern Downs Regional Council area - Males - All industries20162011Change
Ten year age groups (years)Number%Transport, Postal and Warehousing%Number%Transport, Postal and Warehousing%2011 to 2016
15 to 24 years1,14815.58.31,19415.69.9-46
25 to 34 years1,15915.711.81,16715.312.4-8
35 to 44 years1,30817.716.81,52119.922.9-213
45 to 54 years1,61921.929.61,72222.527.7-103
55 to 64 years1,48520.125.51,48619.421.4-1
65 years and over6849.28.05537.25.8+131

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, Southern Downs Regional Council area - Transport, Postal and Warehousing : 8.3% 25 to 34 years, Southern Downs Regional Council area - Transport, Postal and Warehousing : 11.8% 35 to 44 years, Southern Downs Regional Council area - Transport, Postal and Warehousing : 16.8% 45 to 54 years, Southern Downs Regional Council area - Transport, Postal and Warehousing : 29.6% 55 to 64 years, Southern Downs Regional Council area - Transport, Postal and Warehousing : 25.5% 65 years and over, Southern Downs Regional Council area - Transport, Postal and Warehousing : 8.0% 15 to 24 years, Southern Downs Regional Council area - All industries: 15.5% 25 to 34 years, Southern Downs Regional Council area - All industries: 15.7% 35 to 44 years, Southern Downs Regional Council area - All industries: 17.7% 45 to 54 years, Southern Downs Regional Council area - All industries: 21.9% 55 to 64 years, Southern Downs Regional Council area - All industries: 20.1% 65 years and over, Southern Downs Regional Council area - All industries: 9.2%
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, Southern Downs Regional Council area - All industries: -46 25 to 34 years, Southern Downs Regional Council area - All industries: -8 35 to 44 years, Southern Downs Regional Council area - All industries: -213 45 to 54 years, Southern Downs Regional Council area - All industries: -103 55 to 64 years, Southern Downs Regional Council area - All industries: -1 65 years and over, Southern Downs Regional Council area - All industries: +131
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 male resident workers age structure of Southern Downs Regional Council area in 2016 compared to Transport, Postal and Warehousing shows that there was a lower proportion of males in the younger age groups (15 to 44 years) as well as a lower proportion of males in the older age groups (45 years and over).

Overall, 48.8% of the male resident workers was aged under 45 years, compared to 36.9% for Transport, Postal and Warehousing. 51.2% were aged 45 years and over, compared to 63.1% for Transport, Postal and Warehousing.

The major differences between the male resident workers age structure of Southern Downs Regional Council area and Transport, Postal and Warehousing were:

  • A larger percentage of male resident workers aged 15 to 24 years (15.5% compared to 8.3%)
  • A larger percentage of male resident workers aged 25 to 34 years (15.7% compared to 11.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of male resident workers aged 45 to 54 years (21.9% compared to 29.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of male resident workers aged 55 to 64 years (20.1% compared to 25.5%)

Emerging groups

From 2011 to 2016, Southern Downs Regional Council area's male resident workers population decreased by 240 people (3.1%). This represents an average annual change of -0.64% per year over the period.

The largest changes in the male resident workers age structure in Southern Downs Regional Council area between 2011 and 2016 were in the age groups:

  • 35 to 44 years (-213 males)
  • 65 years and over (+131 males)
  • 45 to 54 years (-103 males)
  • 15 to 24 years (-46 males)

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