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Statistics for children and young people

Age structure and distribution

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

  • There were approximately 193,500 residents aged 0 to 24 years, representing 31 per cent of the total Gold Coast population.
  • Children (0 to 9 years) represented 12.1% of the Gold Coast population (approximately 74,900 residents), compared with 12.8% for Queensland and 12.6% for Australia.
  • Young people (10 to 24 years) represented 19.1% of the Gold Coast population (approximately 118,600 residents), compared with 19.6% for Queensland and 19 per cent for Australia.
  • A high percentage of children and young people live in the north of the city.
  • The number of children and young people in Gold Coast City are increasing compared to five years ago: there are approximately an additional 6,300 residents aged 0 to 9 years, and 11,400 more residents aged 10 to 24 years.

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

Key statistics

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

In 2016, the Census recorded 172,262 persons aged 0 to 24 years living in Gold Coast City, representing 31 per cent of the total population.

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

The ABS will conduct the next Census in August 2021.

If you require further information, please contact us on 07 5581 6208 or email liveable@goldcoast.qld.gov.au.

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