Community Planning Fact Sheet 05 Social Planning Demographic Profile YOUTH POPULATION Young people in our society are highly valuable and it is vital to ensure that they feel a sense of belonging Alexandra Headland Skate Park and empowerment. When engaged and involved within the community, young people can positively and innovatively contribute to the region. Youth culture is fundamental to the economy and creates a sense of vibrancy and diversity within the region. The youth population, as described by the Office of Youth Affairs, are 11-24 years of age. ABS Census data 2006 indicates that young people in this age group account for 17.4% (48,015) of the Coast’s population, compared to 19.6% for Queensland. The region’s Employment statistics from ABS Census data 2006 median age is 41 years, in comparison to 19 years indicate that the majority of 15-24 year olds within the for the Indigenous population, where young people region were employed in the retail industry (26.3%), account for 31% of the Indigenous population. followed by accommodation and food services (19.7%) and construction (12.3%). This largely Within the region, 78.9% of young people reside in reflects the region’s economic base and employment residential areas. Mountain Creek has the highest opportunities. In total, these industries employed proportion of 15-19 year olds (10%). This may be 58.3% of 15-24 year olds. indicative of local access to educational institutions. Mooloolaba and Alexandra Headland has the highest The Sunshine Coast 2007 Youth Survey Report proportion of 20-24 year olds at 10.1%, suggesting found that the most frequently conducted activities that the older age bracket of young people prefer a by young people were sport, unstructured leisure (i.e. location with contemporary entertainment and social going to the beach, socialising with friends, playing venues. with pets), followed by shopping, artistic endeavours and going to the cinemas. Between 2001 to 2006, it was found that 6,953 young people aged 15-24 years migrated out of the region. There are a number of youth programs on the Sunshine Over the same period, the region gained 6,401 young Coast ranging from sport and recreation to arts and people, providing a net loss of 552 people within this culture that can connect and empower young people age bracket. A significant majority of this age group through capacity building and network creation. The migrating out of the region moved to Brisbane (2,134), Community Information Services website (CIS) has which may suggest that young people are seeking a comprehensive list of youth programs and activities education and work opportunities outside the region. available at . There is a need to create more opportunities to Harmony Day at Nambour encourage the youth population to stay in the region. One of the Coast’s strengths is the continued growth of the University of the Sunshine Coast, which is implementing incentives such as introducing new courses in fields including nursing and teaching. The university also helps young people to create networks with those industries relevant to their courses, enhancing their employment prospects within the region. Key Social Issues include pressures of school, bullying, abuse, family conflict and low self esteem. A number of social issues can impact upon young people including: » Personal safety – violence can be escalated by excessive alcohol and drug abuse. » Drugs and alcohol – peer pressure may contribute as a key factor to anxiety surrounding this issue. » Transport – lack of reliable, wide reaching and cost effective transport. » Employment, education and training – issues of lack of experience or appropriate training and » Body image – research shows that body image education can impact upon opportunities for young issues increase with age progressing into early people. adulthood. » Stress and depression – influencing factors may » Accommodation – Increased availability of affordable housing is needed.1,2,3 Free Tim e Activities Number of Respondent 100 80 Particiapting 60 40 20 0 Cinemas Computer Reading Shopping Youth Group Sport Unstructured endeavour Artistic leisure Harmony Day at Nambour Activity Source: Sunshine Coast 2007 Youth Survey Report Sunshine Coast Youth Population by Age and Gender (ABS 2006) 4.5% 4.0% 3.5% 3.0% 2.5% 2.0% 1.5% 1.0% 0.5% 0.0% 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 Male 3.9% 3.9% 4.1% 4.0% 4.0% 3.9% 3.7% 3.2% 3.1% 2.9% 2.8% 2.7% 2.6% 2.6% Female 3.7% 3.9% 3.6% 3.8% 3.8% 3.7% 3.5% 3.0% 2.9% 2.9% 2.7% 2.6% 2.7% 2.4% Source: ABS Census Data 2006 1 Mission Australia 2009, The National Survey of Young Australians 2009. 2 Maroochy Shire Council 2007, Sunshine Coast 2007 Youth Survey Report. 3 Elle Bennett 2009, Sunshine Coast Youth Summit Survey Report 2009. Locked Bag 72 SCMC QLD 4560 T (07) 5475 7272 Sunshine Coast Regional Council December 2009 Disclaimer: Whilst all efforts have been made to ensure that the content of this fact sheet is free from error, Council does not warrant the accuracy or completeness of the information. Council does not accept any liability for any person, for any damage or loss whatsoever or howsoever caused in relation to that person taking action (or not taking action as the case may be) in respect of any statement, information or advice given in this fact sheet.