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RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

Local workers - Age structure - All industries

In the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region, there are more younger male workers (15 to 44 years) than older male workers (45 year and over) in the male local worker population.

The Age Structure of an industry's local workers is a key component to understanding the role and function of that industry in RDA Darling Downs and South West Region. It is an indicator of the age of the industry and how long it has been established in the area, as well as the possible challenges in expanding that industry in the future.

For example an area with young local workers may be more mobile and likely to change jobs/industries in the future while an industry with an older local workers may face succession planning issues and challenges in attracting new staff.

For a complete local workers analysis for RDA Darling Downs and South West Region, Age Structure should be viewed in conjunction with Income and Hours worked.

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) – Census 2011 (experimental imputed) & 2016 – by place of work

Please note – The 2016 Census used a new methodology to “impute” a work location to people who didn’t state their workplace address. As a result, 2016 and 2011 place of work data are not normally comparable. To allow comparison between 2011 and 2016, .id has sourced a 2011 dataset from the ABS which was experimentally imputed using the same methodology. To provide this detail, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region in 2011 had to be constructed from a best fit of Work Destination Zones (DZNs). While it may not be an exact match to the LGA or region boundary, it is considered close enough to allow some comparison. Users should treat this time series data with caution, however, and not compare directly with 2011 data from any other source.

Local workers age structure
RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries - Males20162011Change
Ten year age groups (years)Number%Transport, Postal and Warehousing %Number%Transport, Postal and Warehousing %2011 to 2016
15 to 24 years9,10415.06.69,71716.06.5-613
25 to 34 years12,20520.115.411,31418.614.5+891
35 to 44 years11,88419.618.512,93521.321.2-1,051
45 to 54 years12,87821.226.313,22021.828.4-342
55 to 64 years10,43717.225.110,10616.623.9+331
65 years and over4,2597.08.13,4885.75.5+771

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Local workers age structure, 2016
Local workers age structure, 2016 15 to 24 years, Transport, Postal and Warehousing: 6.6% 25 to 34 years, Transport, Postal and Warehousing: 15.4% 35 to 44 years, Transport, Postal and Warehousing: 18.5% 45 to 54 years, Transport, Postal and Warehousing: 26.3% 55 to 64 years, Transport, Postal and Warehousing: 25.1% 65 years and over, Transport, Postal and Warehousing: 8.1% 15 to 24 years, All industries: 15.0% 25 to 34 years, All industries: 20.1% 35 to 44 years, All industries: 19.6% 45 to 54 years, All industries: 21.2% 55 to 64 years, All industries: 17.2% 65 years and over, All industries: 7.0%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016
Compiled and presented in economy.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in local workers age structure, 2011 to 2016
Change in local workers age structure, 2011 to 2016 15 to 24 years, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: -613 25 to 34 years, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: +891 35 to 44 years, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: -1,051 45 to 54 years, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: -342 55 to 64 years, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: +331 65 years and over, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - All industries: +771
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 age structure of the male workforce in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region in 2016 compared to the Transport, Postal and Warehousing male workforce within RDA Darling Downs and South West Region shows that there was a higher proportion of males in the younger age groups (15 to 44 years) and a lower proportion of males in the older age groups (45 years and over).

Overall, 54.6% of the male workforce was aged under 45 years, compared to 40.5% for the Transport, Postal and Warehousing male workforce within RDA Darling Downs and South West Region. 45.4% were aged 45 years and over, compared to 59.5% for the Transport, Postal and Warehousing male workforce within RDA Darling Downs and South West Region.

The major differences between the age structure of the male workforce in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region and the Transport, Postal and Warehousing male workforce were:

  • A larger percentage of male local workers aged 15 to 24 years (15.0% compared to 6.6%)
  • A larger percentage of male local workers aged 25 to 34 years (20.1% compared to 15.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of male local workers aged 55 to 64 years (17.2% compared to 25.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of male local workers aged 45 to 54 years (21.2% compared to 26.3%)

Emerging groups

The largest changes in the age structure of the male workforce in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region between 2011 and 2016 were:

  • 35 to 44 years (-1,051 male local workers)
  • 25 to 34 years (+891 male local workers)
  • 65 years and over (+771 male local workers)
  • 15 to 24 years (-613 male local workers)

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