Western Downs Regional Council area
Resident workers - Age structure
In the Western Downs Regional Council area, most resident workers in All industries are under 45 years old.
The Age Structure of the Western Downs Regional Council area'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 Western Downs Regional Council area'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 - All industries||2016||2011||Change|
|Ten year age groups (years)||Number||%||Queensland%||Number||%||Queensland%||2011 - 2016|
|15 to 24 years||2,192||15.2||15.6||2,283||15.7||16.5||-91|
|25 to 34 years||2,812||19.5||21.8||2,667||18.4||21.2||+145|
|35 to 44 years||2,992||20.7||22.0||3,324||22.9||23.1||-332|
|45 to 54 years||3,076||21.3||21.9||3,140||21.6||22.1||-64|
|55 to 64 years||2,286||15.8||14.8||2,233||15.4||14.0||+53|
|65 years and over||1,066||7.4||4.0||879||6.1||3.1||+187|
Analysis of the resident workers (All industries) age structure of the Western Downs Regional Council area in 2016 compared to Queensland shows that there was a lower proportion of persons in the younger age groups (15 to 44 years) as well as a higher proportion of persons in the older age groups (45 years and over).
Overall, 55.4% of the resident workers was aged under 45 years, compared to 59.3% for Queensland. 44.6% were aged 45 years and over, compared to 40.7% for Queensland.
The major difference between the resident workers age structure of the Western Downs Regional Council area and Queensland is:
- A larger percentage of resident workers aged 65 years and over (7.4% compared to 4.0%)
- A smaller percentage of resident workers aged 25 to 34 years (19.5% compared to 21.8%)
- A smaller percentage of resident workers aged 35 to 44 years (20.7% compared to 22.0%)
- A larger percentage of resident workers aged 55 to 64 years (15.8% compared to 14.8%)
From 2011 to 2016, the Western Downs Regional Council area's resident workers (All industries) population decreased by 102 people (-0.7%). This represents an average annual change of -0.14% per year over the period.
The largest changes in the resident workers age structure in the Western Downs Regional Council area between 2011 and 2016 were in the age groups:
- 35 to 44 years (-332 persons)
- 65 years and over (+187 persons)
- 25 to 34 years (+145 persons)
- 15 to 24 years (-91 persons)