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Statistics for children and young people

Key statistics

These key 2016 Census statistics relate to children (0 to 9 years) and young people (aged 10 to 24 years) in Gold Coast City.

Age and sex structure

  • In 2016, there were 172,262 usual residents aged 0 to 24 years, representing 31 per cent of the total Gold Coast population.
  • Young people (15 to 24 years) represented 12.8% of the Gold Coast population, compared with 13 per cent for Queensland and 12.8% for Australia.

Country of birth

  • A higher proportion of children and young people on the Gold Coast (22.3%) were born overseas compared to Queensland (12 per cent) and Australia (13.3%).
  • After Australia, New Zealand was the highest stated country of birth for Gold Coast children and young people (representing 23.2% of the total of children and young people born overseas), followed by England (which represented 9.9%).

Disability

  • 2.5% of children and young people (0 to 24 years) needed assistance with a core activity, representing 15.6% of the total Gold Coast population who reported a need for assistance with a core activity.
  • In Queensland, 2.7% of children and young people (0 to 24 years) needed assistance with a core activity, and Australia-wide was 2.4%.
  • Young people aged 15 to 24 years represented 6.6% of all Gold Coast residents who provided unpaid assistance to a person with a disability.

Income

  • Over half of the young people (15 to 24 years) on the Gold Coast were earning less than $400 per week (54.8%).
  • This was more than the proportion for Queensland (41.4%) and Australia (42.3%).

Indigenous status

  • 4.7% of children and young people in Gold Coast City were Indigenous, compared to 6.7% for Queensland and 4.7% for Australia.
  • Indigenous children and young people (0 to 24 years) represented 53.1% of the Gold Coast’s total Indigenous population.

Labour force, occupation and industry of employment

  • A higher proportion of young people (15 to 24 years) were employed (56 per cent) compared to Queensland (54.2%) and Australia, (51.3%).
  • The largest industry of employment for young people (15 to 24 years) in the Gold Coast was the accommodation and food services industry (24.2% of all employed young people) which is similar to Queensland (21.7%).
  • Australia's largest industry of employment for young people (15 to 24 years) was the retail trade industry (20.8%).

Level of post school education

  • 7.7% of young people (15 to 24 years) had a bachelor level or higher qualification, compared to 7 per cent for Queensland and 8.5% for Australia.

Voluntary work

  • 16.2% of young people (15 to 24 years) on the Gold Coast volunteered for an organisation or group, compared to 17.9% for Queensland and 18.5% for Australia.
  • Young people (15 to 24 years) represented 17.1% of all Gold Coast residents who volunteered for an organisation or group.

Further information

If you require further information, please contact us on 07 5581 6642 or email liveable@goldcoast.qld.gov.au.

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