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Statistics for seniors on the Gold Coast

Ageing population

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistic's 2016 Census of Population and Housing, senior residents (aged over 65 years) comprised 16.4% of the Gold Coast population (91,411 residents).

View an interactive map which shows the distribution of seniors across the Gold Coast.

Following national trends, the population of the Gold Coast is ageing, increasing the impact of disability on residents into the future. By 2031, the number of senior residents on the Gold Coast is expected to double - accounting for over 20.2% of Gold Coast city’s population.

Disability by age

An ageing population will see increasing levels of disability on the Gold Coast.

The following data taken from the Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers: 2012, demonstrates this increase in the percentage of people with a disability as people age. 

Table 1: All persons disability rate by age, Gold Coast SA4 

(customised data from the ABS Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers: 2012)

Age group (years) 0-34 35-64 65+
People with a disability (number) 13,600 33,800 36,100
Proportion of people with a disability (% of total) 16.5 41.1 43.8

High prevalence of dementia

The predicted increase in the prevalence of dementia, especially on the Gold Coast, will have a significant impact on planning for an ageing community. According to the 2011 Alzheimer’s Australia Queensland Report - Projections of Dementia Prevalence and Incidence in Queensland 2011-2050, the State Electoral Division of Surfers Paradise and the Federal Electoral Division of Moncrieff both have the highest prevalence of dementia in Queensland.

  • The Federal Electoral Division of Moncrieff ranks the highest prevalence of dementia in Queensland, with 2478 people with dementia, whilst McPherson ranks sixth highest in Queensland with 2040 people with dementia.
  • For Queensland State Electoral Divisions, Surfers Paradise has the highest prevalence in the State (with 946 people with dementia), Broadwater is second (with 941 people), and Mermaid Beach is eighth in Queensland (with 835 people with dementia).

The table below shows State Electoral Divisions within Gold Coast City that are expected to have high increases of people with dementia. By 2050, it is predicted that the incidence of dementia on the Gold Coast will increase by 498 per cent.

Table 2: Gold Coast City State Electoral Divisions - predicted increase in prevalence of dementia in 2050

State Electoral Division Predicted increase in prevalence of dementia in 2050
Broadwater 275% (3530 people)
Burleigh 240% (2710 people)
Coomera 505% (3104 people)
Currumbin 231% (2555 people)
Gaven 520% (3521 people)
Mermaid Beach 305% (3378 people)
Mudgeeraba 511% (2779 people)
Southport 301% (2619 people)
Surfers Paradise 337% (4132 people)

Further information

If you require these tables in a different format, or if you require further information, please contact City of Gold Coast on 07 5581 6642 or email

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