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3235.3.55.001 - Population by Age and Sex, Queensland, Jun 2004  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 30/06/2005   
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CHANGES IN THIS ISSUE

In previous analysis of Statistical Local Areas (SLAs), population rankings have included all SLAs. In this issue, SLAs with a population of less than 2,000 persons have been excluded from the analysis in the Summary of Findings.


SUMMARY OF FINDINGS

POPULATION SUMMARY, Statistical Divisions, Queensland

Estimated Resident Population at 30 June 2004p
Estimated
Resident
Population
at 30 June



Population
Change (a)



Proportion in Age Group
%

2004p
2003-04p
0-14
15-64
65
and over (b)
85
and over
Median
Age
Sex Ratio (c)

Statistical Division
Brisbane
1,774,890
2.3
20.1
68.9
11.0
1.3
34.7
97.9
Moreton
797,696
2.9
19.1
66.4
14.5
1.5
38.7
98.2
Wide Bay-Burnett
250,503
2.3
20.7
62.9
16.4
1.7
40.7
100.0
Darling Downs
218,484
1.2
21.9
64.6
13.5
1.7
35.7
98.9
South West
26,952
-0.3
23.9
64.9
11.2
1.1
34.6
109.8
Fitzroy
187,916
1.4
22.9
66.5
10.6
1.1
34.5
103.8
Central West
12,239
-1.1
22.3
65.8
12.0
1.2
35.2
110.3
Mackay
143,699
1.4
22.1
68.0
9.9
1.0
35.3
106.7
Northern
200,909
1.7
21.8
68.2
10.1
1.1
33.0
103.7
Far North
234,849
1.4
22.1
68.0
9.9
1.0
34.8
104.3
North West
33,900
-0.3
26.0
67.5
6.5
0.6
30.5
117.0
Queensland
3,882,037
2.1
20.5
67.5
12.0
1.3
35.7
99.7

p preliminary estimated resident population, based on 2001 Census.
(a) Annual percentage change.
(b) Proportions for 85 and over Age Group also included in proportions for 65 and over Age Group.
(c) Number of males per 100 females.

TOTAL POPULATION

The estimated resident population of Queensland at 30 June 2004 was 3,882,037, an increase of 80,998 persons since 30 June 2003. Queensland's growth resulted from net interstate migration of 36,686 persons, net overseas migration of 19,670 persons and natural increase of 24,642 persons. Queensland continues to be Australia's fastest growing state or territory with an average annual growth rate of 2.1% during the period 30 June 1999 to 30 June 2004. This compares to the average annual growth rate of 1.2% for Australia for the corresponding period.

Queensland's population is concentrated in the south-eastern corner of the state in the Statistical Divisions (SDs) of Brisbane and Moreton. These SDs had 45.7% and 20.5% respectively of the state's population at 30 June 2004. The growth in the proportion of the Queensland population living in this south-east region continues to increase steadily, from 64.9% at 30 June 1999 to 66.3% at 30 June 2004. The mainly pastoral areas in the west of the state are sparsely populated, with the North West, South West and Central West SDs collectively containing only 1.9% of the state's population at 30 June 2004 compared to 2.1% of the state's population at 30 June 1999.

The south-east region of Queensland (the Brisbane and Moreton SDs) experienced an increase of 61,868 persons from 30 June 2003 to 30 June 2004, accounting for 76.4% of Queensland's growth for the period. Wide Bay-Burnett and Northern SDs recorded increases of 5,656 (2.3%) and 3,298 (1.7%) persons respectively during this period. Central West, North West and South West SDs recorded small declines.


MEDIAN AGE

The median age is that age which divides the relevant population into two equal parts. That is, half of the relevant population will be younger than the median age and the other half will be older. The median age of the Queensland population at 30 June 2004 was 35.7 years (35.1 for males and 36.4 for females).

Within Queensland, the highest median ages were Wide Bay-Burnett SD at 40.7 years (40.4 for males and 41.0 for females) and Moreton SD at 38.7 years (37.9 for males and 39.5 for females). North West SD at 30.5 years (31.2 for males and 29.6 for females) recorded the lowest median age, more than two years below any other SD in Queensland.


AGE DISTRIBUTION
PROPORTION OF POPULATION IN AGE GROUPS, QUEENSLAND, at 30 June
Graph; proportion of population in age groups, queensland, at 30 june 2003 and 2004

PERSONS AGED 0-14 YEARS

At 30 June 2004, there were 797,906 persons aged 0-14 years in Queensland, representing 20.5% of the state's population. Although the number of persons aged 0-14 years has increased by 44,222 over the five years since 30 June 1999, the proportion of persons in this age group decreased, from 21.5% of Queensland's population at 30 June 1999. In 2004, the highest proportions of persons in this age group were found in the North West and South West SDs with 26.0% and 23.9% respectively. The lowest proportions of persons in this age group were recorded in the Moreton SD (19.1%) and Brisbane SD (20.1%).
graph; proportion of population aged 0 to14 years, at 30 june


Of the SLAs with a population of 2,000 or more persons at 30 June 2004, three SLAs had over 30% of their population in the 0-14 year old age group. These were Palm Island (AC) with 34.5%, Yarrabah (AC) 34.0% and Marsden 30.1%. The SLAs with the lowest proportion of their population in the persons aged 0-14 years were Broadbeach (5.3%), New Farm (6.5%) and Kangaroo Point (6.7%).


PERSONS AGED 15-64 YEARS

The number of persons aged 15-64 years was estimated to be 2,618,906 or 67.5% of the population of Queensland at 30 June 2004. In 2004, Brisbane SD had the highest proportion of its population in the 15-64 years age group (68.9%), followed by Northern SD (68.2%) while Wide Bay-Burnett and Darling Downs SDs recorded the lowest proportions, 62.9% and 64.6% respectively.
graph; proportion of population aged 15 to 64 years, at 30 june


Of the 14 SLAs recording over 80% of their total population aged 15-64 years, 11 were located in the Brisbane SD. Within the Brisbane SD the highest proportions were all located within Brisbane City Statistical Subdivision (SSD). Outside the Brisbane City SSD, the Northern SD had two SLAs with over 80% of persons aged 15-64 years (each located within Townsville City SSD), and Far North SD had one SLA.

There were four SLAs that recorded less than 60% of their population in the persons aged 15-64 years age group. Of these four SLAs, Moreton SD had two SLAs (Caloundra (C) - Caloundra S with 59.0% and Coombabah with 59.5%) and one SLA in each of Brisbane SD (Bribie Island, 54.8%) and Wide Bay-Burnett SD (Monto (S), 59.6%).


PERSONS AGED 65 YEARS AND OVER

(Note: Persons aged 85 years and over are included in this section. For separate analysis of persons aged 85 years and over see section below.)

Persons aged 65 years and over numbered 465,225 at 30 June 2004, an increase of 65,289 persons since 30 June 1999. The proportion of persons in this age group increased from 11.4% in 1999 to 12.0% in 2004. The highest proportions of persons in this age group occurred in the Wide Bay-Burnett SD (16.4%) and Moreton SD (14.5%) while the Brisbane SD recorded 11.0%. The lowest proportions of persons in this age group occurred in North West SD (6.5%) and Mackay and Far North SDs (each with 9.9%).
graph; proportion of population aged 65 years and over, at 30 june


At 30 June 2004, of the 20 SLAs with over 20% of their population aged 65 years and over, 11 were in the Moreton SD, seven were in the Brisbane SD, and Northern SD and Wide Bay-Burnett SD each had one. Bribie Island was the only SLA recording over 30% of its population aged 65 years and over followed by Caloundra, Coombabah and Paradise Point SLAs, all with 25% or more in this age group.

There were 18 SLAs with 5% or less of their population aged 65 years and over at 30 June 2004. Of this number, 10 were in the Brisbane SD, three were located in the Northern SD, Far North SD and Fitzroy SD each had two and the Mackay SD had one. Three SLAs were recorded with less than 3% of persons aged 65 years and over, Weipa (T), Douglas and Parkinson-Drewvale.


PERSONS AGED 85 YEARS AND OVER

At 30 June 2004 there were 51,505 persons aged 85 years and over, an increase of 11,443 persons since 30 June 1999. The proportion of the population aged 85 years and over is increasing, rising from 1.1% of the Queensland population in 1999 to 1.3% in 2004. The Statistical Divisions with the highest proportion of their population in the 85 years and over age group were Wide Bay-Burnett and Darling Downs (each with 1.7%), followed by Moreton (1.5%) and Brisbane (1.3%).
graph; proportion of population aged 85 years and over, at 30 june


There were 18 SLAs with 3% or over of their population aged 85 years and over at 30 June 2004 and of this number, 15 were in the Brisbane SD. Within Queensland, Chermside SLA had the highest proportion of persons in this age group at 5.1%.


SEX RATIO

At 30 June 2004, the sex ratio (number of males per 100 females) for Queensland was 99.7, with 1,937,822 males and 1,944,215 females. The sex ratio ranged from 97.9 in Brisbane SD to 117.0 in North West SD.

Within the 0-14 age group, Central West (111.3) and South West (109.2) had the highest males to females ratio while North West SD (102.7) and Brisbane SD (104.8) recorded the lowest.

The highest ratio of males to females for persons aged 15-64 years was recorded in the North West SD (123.4) and South West SD (111.7) with the lowest ratio recorded in Brisbane and Wide Bay-Burnett SDs (each with 99.3).

For persons in the 65 years and over age group, the highest ratio was recorded in the North West SD (114.0) and Central West SD (110.2) with the lowest in Brisbane SD (78.9) and Darling Downs SD (80.6).

Within the persons aged 85 years and over age group, North West SD (67.8) and South West SD (63.2) had the highest males to females ratio while Fitzroy SD (44.9), Darling Downs SD (46.0) and Brisbane SD (46.1) recorded the lowest.


ABORIGINAL COUNCIL AND ISLAND COUNCIL ESTIMATES

The ABS has been unable to estimate total population change from 30 June 2002 onwards for the Aboriginal Council (AC) and Island Council (IC) SLAs introduced in Queensland in the 2002 Edition of the Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC). For these areas, the most recently published SLA total estimates (June 2002 for Queensland ACs and ICs) have been held constant to 30 June 2004. For further information refer to Explanatory Notes 16-23 in Regional Population Growth, Australia and New Zealand, 2003-04 (cat. no. 3218.0). While the SLA total population estimates have been held constant for these areas, post-censal estimates by age and sex have been adjusted for births, deaths and the ageing of the population since 30 June 2001.



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