Statistics for seniors

Key statistics

These statistics relate to City of Gold Coast seniors (aged 65 years and over).

Age & sex structure

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) 2019 Regional population by age and sex data:

  • In 2019, there were approximately 103,000 senior residents aged 65 years and over.
  • City of Gold Coast has a higher proportion of seniors (16.6% of the total population), compared to Queensland (15.7%) and Australia (15.9%).
  • Following national trends, the population of the Gold Coast is ageing. The number of senior residents is expected to increase to 195,734 persons or 20.7% of the city's population by 2041.

According to the ABS 2016 Census of Population and Housing:

  • In 2016, there were approximately 91,400 senior residents aged 65 years and over, representing 16.4% of the total Gold Coast population.
  • 53.4% of our city's seniors were female and 46.6% were male.

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


  • 34.1% of Gold Coast seniors earned less than $400 per week. A lower proportion of Gold Coast seniors were earning less than $400 per week than Queensland (35.9%) and Australia (36.3%).

Labour force, occupation & industry of employment

  • 13% (or 11,885 persons) of senior residents in City of Gold Coast were employed. Of these, 39.6% worked full-time and 54.1% worked part-time.
  • The Gold Coast has a higher proportion of employed seniors than Queensland (11.9%) and Australia (12.2%).
  • A higher proportion of Gold Coast seniors were employed in 2016 (13%) than in 2011 (11.1%).
  • 12.4% of employed seniors worked in the Health Care and Social Assistance industry which was the largest industry of employment for Gold Coast seniors, followed by retail trade (9.1%) and construction (8.2%).
  • 6.2% of Gold Coast seniors were employed as machinery operators and drivers, 5.8% were employed as managers, and 5.2% were employed as sales workers.


  • An ageing population will see increasing levels of disability on the Gold Coast.
  • According to customised data prepared by .id (Informed Decisions), an estimated 60.8% (or 50,550 persons) of Gold Coast seniors had a disability in 2017.
  • In 2016, 16.6% (or 15,132 people) of seniors in Gold Coast City needed assistance with one or more core activities due to a disability.

Prevalence of dementia

The table below contains data taken from Dementia Australia 2018, Dementia Prevalence Estimates 2018-2058 by Commonwealth Electoral Division which demonstrates the predicted increase in the prevalence of dementia on the Gold Coast.

Gold Coast City Commonwealth Electoral Divisions – predicted increase in prevalence of dementia 2018-2058
Commonwealth Electoral Division 2018 2028 2058 % change from 2018 to 2058
Fadden 3133 4408 8629 175%
Forde 2387 3656 7377 159%
McPherson 2925 4116 8057 164%
Moncrieff 3380 4756 9310 189%
Wright 2719 3969 7492 152%

Further information

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) will conduct the next Census in August 2021.

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