Older Persons Factsheet

This factsheet provides demographic information about older people living in the City of Whitehorse.

Population of Older People in Whitehorse

The City of Whitehorse has a higher proportion of older residents for all age groups over 60 years, particularly for those 85 years and older, in comparison with Greater Melbourne.  In 2016, 22.4 per cent of the Whitehorse population were aged 60 years and over, compared with 19.0 per cent for Greater Melbourne.

People Aged 60-69 Years

In 2016, people aged between 60 and 69 years made up 9.5 per cent of the City of Whitehorse’s population compared with 9.3 per cent for Greater Melbourne.  The proportion of people in this age group varied across different suburbs in the municipality from a low of 6.7 per cent in Box Hill to a high of 14.7 per cent in Vermont South.  The five suburbs with the highest percentages were:

  • Vermont South (14.7%)
  • Mont Albert (12.1%)
  • Surrey Hills (11.5%)
  • Mont Albert North (11.2%)
  • Vermont (10.0%)
  • PEOPLE AGED 70-84 YEARS

In 2016, 9.8 per cent of the Whitehorse population were aged 70-84 years compared to 7.7 per cent for Greater Melbourne.  The proportion of people in this age group varied across different suburbs in the municipality from a low of 7 per cent in Box Hill to a high of 14.6 per cent in Burwood East.  The five suburbs with the highest percentages were:

  • Burwood East (14.6%)
  • Vermont South (12.7%)
  • Blackburn South (12.0%)
  • Forest Hill (11.9%)
  • Vermont (11.1%)

People Aged 85 Years and Over

In 2016, 3.1 per cent of the City of Whitehorse’s population were aged 85 years and over compared to 2.0 per cent for Greater Melbourne.  The proportion of people in this age group varied across different suburbs in the municipality from a low of 1.9 per cent in Mitcham and Vermont to a high of 4.5 per cent in Blackburn South.  The five suburbs with the highest percentages were:

  • Blackburn South (4.5%)
  • Blackburn (4.1%)
  • Burwood (3.8%)
  • Nunawading (3.8%)
  • Forest Hill (3.6%)

Population Forecast

In the City of Whitehorse, between 2016 and 2041 the number of persons aged 65 years and over is expected to increase by 11,113 persons (38.8 per cent) and comprise 17.3 per cent of the total population.

The map below demonstrates that the majority of 65 to 85 year olds are forecast to reside in the suburbs of Box Hill and Mont Albert, followed by Burwood, Box Hill South and Box Hill North.

Figure 1 Population forecasts for 65 plus years
Figure 1: Population forecasts for 65 plus years

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Gender Forecast of Older People 

The population of males and females aged 65 years and over is forecast to increase by a total of 11,113 persons between 2016 and 2036, which comprises of an increase of 5,694 females and 5,419 males.

Figure 2 Total number of males and females aged 60 plus years
Figure 2: Total number of males and females aged 60 plus years

Country of Birth

In 2016, 40.6 per cent of people aged 65 plus years in the City of Whitehorse were born overseas, and 31.8 per cent were from a non-English speaking background, compared with 46.2 per cent and 35.7 per cent respectively for Greater Melbourne.

Typically, older populations are more likely to have been born overseas; however the countries of birth are different to young people, with migration from Europe more dominant among those over 65, while Asian countries such as China and India are more common birthplaces among younger people.

The largest non-English speaking country of birth for people aged 65 or more in the City of Whitehorse in 2016 was China, where 5.3 per cent or 1,495 people aged 65 years or more were born.  This was followed closely by Greece (4.4 per cent) and Italy (3.9 per cent).

Life Expectancy

Overall, the City of Whitehorse experiences good health and wellbeing, with the average male in Whitehorse expected to live to the age of 81.3, and female to the age of 85.3.  This is higher than the state average of 80.3 years for males and 84.4 years for females (Department of Health and Human Services, 2015 Whitehorse Community Profile).

Disability

The 2016 Census identified 7,628 people or 4.7 per cent of the population in the City of Whitehorse as needing help in their day-to-day lives due to disability.  Of these, 63.4 per cent of people with a disability are aged 65 or over.  People over the age of 65 often experience multiple disabilities, which are most commonly physical and sensory/speech related disabilities.

Figure 3 Number of persons with a disability, by age
Figure 3: Number of persons with a disability, by age
Source: ABS (2017), Census of Population and Housing 2016

Employment Status

In 2016, 3,049 people aged 65 years or more living in the City of Whitehorse were employed, of which 34 per cent were working full time and 61.6 per cent part time.

Volunteering and Unpaid Care

According to the 2016 Census, 21.3 per cent of people aged 65 plus volunteer for an organisation or group.  In the same year there were 3,700 carers aged 65 plus in the City of Whitehorse providing unpaid assistance to a person with a disability, long term illness or old age.
 

Figure 4 Weekly household income 2016
Figure 4: Weekly household income 2016
Source: ABS (2017), Census of Population and Housing 2016

In 2016, 12.6 per cent of people in Whitehorse aged 65 years or more were in households that earned a high income and 37.3 per cent were in low income households, compared with 13.2 per cent and 38.3 per cent respectively for Greater Melbourne.

Figure 5 Household type, people aged 65 years or more
Figure 5: Household type, people aged 65 years or more
Source: ABS (2017), Census of Population and Housing 2016

Analysis of the household types of people aged 65 years or more in the City of Whitehorse in 2016 shows 47.5 per cent were in couple families without children, 13.7 per cent were in couple families with child(ren) and 6.9 per cent were in one-parent families.

The 2016 Census shows a total of 13,931 lone person households in Whitehorse.  Of this, 6,732 (26.6 per cent) people aged 65 plus years live alone in Whitehorse.  This household type is forecast to have the largest increase between 2016 and 2036, accounting for roughly a quarter of all new households.

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