The Age Structure of the Southern Moreton Bay Islands provides insights into the island’s age profile which is a key consideration during disaster preparation, response and recovery to accommodate the needs of the community. It is also an indicator of the Southern Moreton Bay Islands’ level of demand for age based services and how it is likely to change in the future.
Analysis of the five year age groups of Southern Moreton Bay Islands in 2016 compared to Redland City shows that there was a lower proportion of people in the younger age groups (under 15) and a higher proportion of people in the older age groups (65+). Overall, 11.1% of the population was aged between 0 and 15, and 33.9% were aged 65 years and over, compared with 18.8% and 17.8% respectively for Redland City.
The major differences between the age structure of Southern Moreton Bay Islands and Redland City were:
- A larger percentage of persons aged 65 to 69 (13.6% compared to 6.0%)
- A larger percentage of persons aged 70 to 74 (10.8% compared to 4.5%)
- A larger percentage of persons aged 60 to 64 (11.5% compared to 6.4%)
- A smaller percentage of persons aged 20 to 24 (2.5% compared to 5.6%)
From 2011 to 2016, Southern Moreton Bay Islands’s population increased by 594 people (10.6%). This represents an average annual population change of 2.03% per year over the period. The largest changes in age structure in this area between 2011 and 2016 were in the age groups:
- 70 to 74 (+266 persons)
- 65 to 69 (+250 persons)
- 75 to 79 (+140 persons)
- 0 to 4 (-130 persons)