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South West RED Region

Resident workers - Age structure

In South West RED Region, there are less younger workers (15 to 44 years) than older workers (45 year and over) in the resident workers (Administrative and Support Services).

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 - Administrative and Support Services20162011Change
Ten year age groups (years)Number%Mining%Number%Mining%2011 to 2016
15 to 24 years168.36.5118.316.2+5
25 to 34 years3417.736.53325.032.8+1
35 to 44 years3216.731.33325.021.5-1
45 to 54 years5227.115.83728.018.6+15
55 to 64 years5126.68.41511.48.7+36
65 years and over73.61.632.32.1+4

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, South West RED Region - Mining : 6.5% 25 to 34 years, South West RED Region - Mining : 36.5% 35 to 44 years, South West RED Region - Mining : 31.3% 45 to 54 years, South West RED Region - Mining : 15.8% 55 to 64 years, South West RED Region - Mining : 8.4% 65 years and over, South West RED Region - Mining : 1.6% 15 to 24 years, South West RED Region - Administrative and Support Services: 8.3% 25 to 34 years, South West RED Region - Administrative and Support Services: 17.7% 35 to 44 years, South West RED Region - Administrative and Support Services: 16.7% 45 to 54 years, South West RED Region - Administrative and Support Services: 27.1% 55 to 64 years, South West RED Region - Administrative and Support Services: 26.6% 65 years and over, South West RED Region - Administrative and Support Services: 3.6%
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 - Administrative and Support Services: +5 25 to 34 years, South West RED Region - Administrative and Support Services: +1 35 to 44 years, South West RED Region - Administrative and Support Services: -1 45 to 54 years, South West RED Region - Administrative and Support Services: +15 55 to 64 years, South West RED Region - Administrative and Support Services: +36 65 years and over, South West RED Region - Administrative and Support Services: +4
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 (Administrative and Support Services) age structure of South West RED Region in 2016 compared to Mining shows that there was a lower 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, 42.7% of the resident workers (Administrative and Support Services) was aged under 45 years, compared to 74.2% for Mining. 57.3% were aged 45 years and over, compared to 25.8% for Mining.

The major differences between the resident workers (Administrative and Support Services) age structure of South West RED Region and Mining were:

  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Administrative and Support Services) aged 55 to 64 years (26.6% compared to 8.4%)
  • A larger percentage of resident workers (Administrative and Support Services) aged 45 to 54 years (27.1% compared to 15.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Administrative and Support Services) aged 25 to 34 years (17.7% compared to 36.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of resident workers (Administrative and Support Services) aged 35 to 44 years (16.7% compared to 31.3%)

Emerging groups

From 2011 to 2016, South West RED Region's resident workers (Administrative and Support Services) population increased by 60 people (45.5%). This represents an average annual change of 7.78% per year over the period.

The largest change in the resident workers (Administrative and Support Services) age structure in South West RED Region between 2011 and 2016 was in the age group:

  • 55 to 64 years (+36 people)

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