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South West RED Region

Resident workers - Age structure

In South West RED Region, there are more younger workers (15 to 44 years) than older workers (45 year and over) in the 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
South West RED Region - All industries20162011Change
Ten year age groups (years)Number%Queensland%Number%Queensland%2011 to 2016
15 to 24 years1,63513.715.61,84014.316.5-205
25 to 34 years2,49620.921.82,57520.021.2-79
35 to 44 years2,26719.022.02,76521.423.1-498
45 to 54 years2,54921.321.92,90722.522.1-358
55 to 64 years2,10717.614.82,01415.614.0+93
65 years and over9017.54.08016.23.1+100

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, Queensland : 15.6% 25 to 34 years, Queensland : 21.8% 35 to 44 years, Queensland : 22.0% 45 to 54 years, Queensland : 21.9% 55 to 64 years, Queensland : 14.8% 65 years and over, Queensland : 4.0% 15 to 24 years, South West RED Region - All industries: 13.7% 25 to 34 years, South West RED Region - All industries: 20.9% 35 to 44 years, South West RED Region - All industries: 19.0% 45 to 54 years, South West RED Region - All industries: 21.3% 55 to 64 years, South West RED Region - All industries: 17.6% 65 years and over, South West RED Region - All industries: 7.5%
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, South West RED Region - All industries: -205 25 to 34 years, South West RED Region - All industries: -79 35 to 44 years, South West RED Region - All industries: -498 45 to 54 years, South West RED Region - All industries: -358 55 to 64 years, South West RED Region - All industries: +93 65 years and over, South West RED Region - All industries: +100
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 age structure of South West RED Region in 2016 compared to Queensland shows that there was a higher proportion of people in the younger age groups (15 to 44 years) as well as a higher proportion of people in the older age groups (45 years and over).

Overall, 53.5% of the resident workers was aged under 45 years, compared to 59.3% for Queensland. 46.5% were aged 45 years and over, compared to 40.7% for Queensland.

The major differences between the resident workers age structure of South West RED Region and Queensland were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers aged 65 years and over (7.5% compared to 4.0%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers aged 55 to 64 years (17.6% compared to 14.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers aged 35 to 44 years (19.0% compared to 22.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers aged 15 to 24 years (13.7% compared to 15.6%)

Emerging groups

From 2011 to 2016, South West RED Region's resident workers population decreased by 947 people (7.3%). This represents an average annual change of -1.51% per year over the period.

The largest changes in the resident workers age structure in South West RED Region between 2011 and 2016 were in the age groups:

  • 35 to 44 years (-498 people)
  • 45 to 54 years (-358 people)
  • 15 to 24 years (-205 people)
  • 65 years and over (+100 people)

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