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Statistics for seniors

Key statistics

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

Age and 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 per cent of the total population), compared to Queensland (15.7 per cent) and Australia (15.9 per cent).
  • 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 per cent 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 per cent of the total Gold Coast population.
  • 53.4 per cent of our city’s seniors were female and 46.6 per cent were male.

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


  • 34.1  per cent 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 per cent) and Australia (36.3 per cent).

Labour force, occupation and industry of employment

  • 13 per cent (or 11,885 persons) of senior residents in City of Gold Coast were employed. Of these, 39.6 per cent worked full-time and 54.1 per cent worked part-time.
  • The Gold Coast has a higher proportion of employed seniors than Queensland (11.9 per cent) and Australia (12.2 per cent).
  • A higher proportion of Gold Coast seniors were employed in 2016 (13 per cent) than in 2011 (11.1 per cent).
  • 12.4 per cent 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 per cent) and construction (8.2 per cent).
  • 6.2 per cent of Gold Coast seniors were employed as machinery operators and drivers, 5.8 per cent were employed as managers, and 5.2 per cent 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 per cent (or 50,550 persons) of Gold Coast seniors had a disability in 2017.
  • In 2016, 16.6 per cent (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 2019-2058
Fadden 3,133 4,408 8,629 175%
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.

View an interactive map showing key statistics for seniors on the Gold Coast

If you require these tables in a different format, or if you require further information, please contact us on 07 5581 6208 or email

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