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Western Downs Regional Council area

Resident workers - Age structure

In Western Downs Regional Council area, there are more younger workers (15 to 44 years) than older workers (45 year and over) in the resident workers (Mining).

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
Western Downs Regional Council area - Mining20162011Change
Ten year age groups (years)Number%Arts and Recreation Services%Number%Arts and Recreation Services%2011 to 2016
15 to 24 years345.716.79010.913.8-56
25 to 34 years17028.712.826031.49.2-90
35 to 44 years18631.419.226632.124.6-80
45 to 54 years13623.017.914016.916.9-4
55 to 64 years5910.021.8627.524.6-3
65 years and over71.211.5101.210.8-3

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, Western Downs Regional Council area - Arts and Recreation Services : 16.7% 25 to 34 years, Western Downs Regional Council area - Arts and Recreation Services : 12.8% 35 to 44 years, Western Downs Regional Council area - Arts and Recreation Services : 19.2% 45 to 54 years, Western Downs Regional Council area - Arts and Recreation Services : 17.9% 55 to 64 years, Western Downs Regional Council area - Arts and Recreation Services : 21.8% 65 years and over, Western Downs Regional Council area - Arts and Recreation Services : 11.5% 15 to 24 years, Western Downs Regional Council area - Mining: 5.7% 25 to 34 years, Western Downs Regional Council area - Mining: 28.7% 35 to 44 years, Western Downs Regional Council area - Mining: 31.4% 45 to 54 years, Western Downs Regional Council area - Mining: 23.0% 55 to 64 years, Western Downs Regional Council area - Mining: 10.0% 65 years and over, Western Downs Regional Council area - Mining: 1.2%
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, Western Downs Regional Council area - Mining: -56 25 to 34 years, Western Downs Regional Council area - Mining: -90 35 to 44 years, Western Downs Regional Council area - Mining: -80 45 to 54 years, Western Downs Regional Council area - Mining: -4 55 to 64 years, Western Downs Regional Council area - Mining: -3 65 years and over, Western Downs Regional Council area - Mining: -3
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 (Mining) age structure of Western Downs Regional Council area in 2016 compared to Arts and Recreation Services shows that there was a higher proportion of people in the younger age groups (15 to 44 years) as well as a lower proportion of people in the older age groups (45 years and over).

Overall, 65.9% of the resident workers (Mining) was aged under 45 years, compared to 48.7% for Arts and Recreation Services. 34.1% were aged 45 years and over, compared to 51.3% for Arts and Recreation Services.

The major differences between the resident workers (Mining) age structure of Western Downs Regional Council area and Arts and Recreation Services were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Mining) aged 25 to 34 years (28.7% compared to 12.8%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Mining) aged 35 to 44 years (31.4% compared to 19.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Mining) aged 55 to 64 years (10.0% compared to 21.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Mining) aged 15 to 24 years (5.7% compared to 16.7%)

Emerging groups

From 2011 to 2016, Western Downs Regional Council area's resident workers (Mining) population decreased by 236 people (28.5%). This represents an average annual change of -6.49% per year over the period.

The largest changes in the resident workers (Mining) age structure in Western Downs Regional Council area between 2011 and 2016 were in the age groups:

  • 25 to 34 years (-90 people)
  • 35 to 44 years (-80 people)
  • 15 to 24 years (-56 people)

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