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Children and young people statistics

Key statistics

These key 2011 Census statistics relate to children (0 to 9 years) and young people (aged 10 and 24 years) in Gold Coast City.

Age and sex structure

  • Between 2006 and 2011, there was an overall increase in the proportion of children and young people.
  • In 2011, there were 158,000 usual residents aged 0 to 24 years, representing 32 per cent of the total Gold Coast population.
  • Young people (15 to 24 years) represented 13.4 per cent of the Gold Coast population, compared with 13.6 per cent for Queensland and 13.3 per cent for Australia.

Country of birth

  • A higher proportion of children and young people on the Gold Coast were born overseas compared to Queensland and Australia (16.3 per cent for the city, compared to 11.3 per cent for Queensland and 11.9 per cent for Australia).
  • After Australia, New Zealand was the highest stated country of birth for Gold Coast children and young people (representing 38.5 per cent of the total of children and young people born overseas), followed by United Kingdom (which represented 14.1 per cent).

Disability

  • 1.7 per cent of children and young people (0 to 24 years) needed assistance with a core activity, representing 13.1 per cent of the total Gold Coast population who reported a need for assistance with a core activity.
  • In Queensland, 2 per cent of children and young people (0 to 24 years) needed assistance with a core activity, and Australia-wide was 1.9 per cent. Note: in Gold Coast City, Queensland and Australia there was a higher proportion of children and young people not stating if they required assistance.
  • Young people aged 15 to 24 years represented 7 per cent of all Gold Coast residents who provided unpaid assistance to a person with a disability. Note: in Gold Coast City there was a higher proportion of children and young people not stating if they required assistance.

Income

  • Over half of the young people (15 to 24 years) on the Gold Coast were earning less than $400 per week (58.3 per cent).
  • This was more than the proportion for Queensland (56.3 per cent) but less than Australia (60 per cent).

Indigenous status

  • 2.2 per cent of young people in Gold Coast City were Indigenous, compared to 6 per cent for Queensland and 4.3 per cent for Australia.
  • Indigenous children and young people (0 to 24 years) represented 55.5 per cent of the Gold Coast’s total Indigenous population. Note: in Gold Coast City there was a higher proportion of young people not stating their Indigenous status.

Labour force, occupation and industry of employment

  • A similar proportion of young people (15 to 24 years) were in the labour force on the Gold Coast (65.3 per cent), compared to Queensland (65.5 per cent). For Australia, 62.2 per cent of young people were in the labour force.
  • Retail trade was the largest industry of employment for young people (15 to 24 years) across the Gold Coast (22.8 per cent of young people), Queensland (21.4 per cent) and Australia (21.7 per cent).
  • Sales workers accounted for 26.1 per cent of all employed young people (15 to 24 years) on the Gold Coast, compared to 22.5 per cent for Queensland and 22.9 per cent for Australia. After sales, community and personal service work was the largest occupation of employment for Gold Coast young people (accounting for 16.7 per cent). For Queensland and Australia, the second largest occupation of employment for young people was technician and trade work (18.2 per cent and 17.9 per cent respectively).

Level of post school education

  • 16.5 per cent of young people (15 to 24 years) had a bachelor level or higher qualification, compared to 16.7 per cent for Queensland and 19.7 per cent for Australia.

Voluntary work

  • 15 per cent of young people (15 to 24 years) on the Gold Coast volunteered for an organisation or group, compared to 16.2 per cent for Queensland and 15.7 per cent for Australia.

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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