Statistics for young people

This page contains demographic information about Gold Coast’s young people, that is, residents aged 12-24 years. The information is sourced from the 2021 Australian Census of population and housing. Download the pdf version below.

Age structure & distribution

  • There were 99,143 residents aged 12-24 years, representing 15.8% of the total Gold Coast's population.
  • Secondary school aged residents (12-17 years) represent 7.3% of Gold Coast's population (45,492 residents), a proportion lower than in Queensland (7.7%) but slightly higher than in Australia (7.2%).
  • Tertiary education and young adults (18-24 years), represent 8.6% of the population (53,651 residents), a proportion the same as Queensland's and slightly higher than Australia's (8.5%).
  • A high percentage of children and young people live areas such as Parkwood, Southport North or Coomera.
  • While the number of 12-24 year-olds increased in number by 8,100 since 2016, the proportion as a percentage of the total Gold Coast population has decreased by 0.5%.

View an interactive map showing key statistics about children and young people on the Gold Coast.

Country of birth

  • A higher proportion of young people on the Gold Coast (19%) were born overseas compared to Queensland (15%) and Australia (17%).
  • After Australia, New Zealand was the highest stated country of birth for Gold Coast young people (representing 6% of Gold Coast's young people), followed by England (which represented 3% of all young people).

Need for assistance due to disability and health conditions

  • 3.5% of young people (12-24 years) needed assistance with a core activity, representing 9.7% of the total Gold Coast population who reported a need for assistance with a core activity.
  • In Queensland, 4% of young people (12 to 24 years) needed assistance with a core activity, and Australia-wide the rate was 3.5%.
  • 3.3% of young people aged 12-24 years provided unpaid assistance to a person with a disability, health condition or due to old age. Young people aged 12 to 24 years represented 6.1% of all Gold Coast residents who provided unpaid assistance to a person with a disability, health condition or due to old age.
  • 16.5% of young people aged 12-24 years had at least one long-term health condition (28,804 residents), a proportion lower than for all Queensland 12-24 year olds (17.9%) or all Australian 12-24 year olds (17%).
  • A mental health condition was the most common long-term health condition for young people. 9.4% of young people aged 12-24 reported having a mental health condition (including depression or anxiety). This was followed by asthma (5.2% of young people).

Income

  • 39% of young people (12-24 years) on the Gold Coast had weekly incomes of less than $400.
  • This was higher than the proportion for Queensland (38%) but lower than the proportion for all Australian young people (40%).

Indigenous status

  • 3.6% of young people in the Gold Coast were Indigenous, compared to 7.2% for Queensland and 5.1% for Australia.
  • Indigenous young people (12 to 24 years) represented 26.2% of the Gold Coast's total Indigenous population.

Labour force, occupation & industry of employment

  • 2021 information available from mid/late October 2022.

Level of post school education

  • 2021 information available from mid/late October 2022. 

Voluntary work

  • 9.2% of young people (15 to 24 years) on the Gold Coast volunteered for an organisation or group, compared to 9.8% for Queensland and 10.1% for Australia.
  • Young people (15 to 24 years) represented 15.6% of all Gold Coast residents who volunteered for an organisation or group.

More information

For more information, please contact us on 07 5581 6642 or email liveable@goldcoast.qld.gov.au.