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					                                                                                       Community
                                                                                       Planning
                                                                                       Fact Sheet
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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




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                                           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.

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