In a life threatening emergency dial Triple Zero (000)

In a life threatening emergency dial Triple Zero (000)
ACT Public Hospitals

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6201 6111

Mental Health

Call Mental Health Triage on

1800 629 354

(free call except from mobiles or public phones) or

6205 1065

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131126

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The Drug and Alcohol Help Line is available 24-hours, 7 days a week on

5124 9977

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For after hours urgent public health matters including environmental health, radiation safety, food poisoning and communicable disease management phone:

(02) 6205 1700

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24 hour health advice

1800 022 222

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Emergency help
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132 500

Overview of Children and Young People in the ACT


Overview of Children and young people in the ACT

How many children and young people live in the ACT?

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), in June 2016 there were an estimated 403,468 1 people living in the ACT of which 134,492 (33.3%) were children and young people aged 0-24 years.

Source: ABS 2016 Census data in pictures for ACT.

The ACT reported the second highest proportion (33.3%) of estimated total residents aged 0-24 years nationally.

Source: ABS, Population by Age and Sex, Regions of Australia, 2016

Source: ABS 2016, Census of Population and Housing, 'General Community Profile'™, cat. no. 2001.0, Sheet G09e-f

Where were children and young people in the ACT born?

According to the ABS, in 2016, 80.74 per cent (105,177) of children and young people (aged 0-24 years) in the ACT were born in Australia. The top 10 countries where children and young people in the ACT were born is as follows:

Figure 4: Country of birth, number and proportion (%) of population, 0-24 year olds in the ACT

Figure 4

Source: ABS 2016 Census of Population and Housing.

Where do ACT's children and young people live?

The districts with the highest estimated proportion of children and young people aged 0-24 years in 2016 were Gungahlin (37.78%) , North Canberra (35.04%) and Tuggeranong (33.61%).

Table 1: Number and proportion (%) of estimated district population, by age group in the ACT, June 2016

 

Age group

% of 0-24 year olds

District

0-4

5-9

10-14

15-19

20-24

In region

In ACT

Belconnen

6,985

6,380

5,198

5,597

8,583

33.47%

24.35%

Cotter-Namadgi

521

391

235

210

432

33.28%

1.33%

Fyshwick-Pialligo-Hume

51

19

23

63

136

18.61%

0.22%

Gungahlin

7,046

5,868

4,692

4,380

5,367

37.78%

20.34%

North Canberra

2,445

2,284

1,990

4,129

8,113

35.04%

14.09%

South Canberra

1,345

1,293

1,424

1,482

1,551

25.68%

5.28%

Tuggeranong

6,053

5,727

5,243

5,849

6,024

33.61%

21.49%

Weston Creek

1,622

1,639

1,452

1,235

1,020

30.07%

5.18%

Woden

2,029

2,319

1,981

2,016

2,041

29.36%

7.72%

Source: ABS 2016, Population by Age and Sex, Regions of Australia, 'Population Estimates by Age and Sex, Regions of Australian Capital Territory (AGS 2016)' ™, ňúTable 6. Estimated Resident Population by Age, Australian Capital Territory, Persons - 30 June 2016™, time series spreadsheet, cat. no. 3235.0, viewed 1 June 2016

What were the changes to where children and young people live?

The districts with the largest percentage change in the number of 0-24 year olds between 2014 and 2016 were Cotter-Namadgi (212.22%)* and Gungahlin (20.42%), with the largest decline in Fyshwick-Pialligo-Hume (-14.87%). The percentage changes in the number of females and males were strongest in Cotter-Namadgi (234.35% and 193.57% respectively) followed by Gungahlin (20.87% for females and 20.42% for males).

* The difference in population proportion has doubled for Cotter-Namadgi (212.22%) as it is a new suburb experiencing rapid growth.

Table 2: Estimated resident population, ACT, by age and sex, 0-24 years, 30 June 2014 and 2016

District

30 June 2014

30 June 2016

Change (%)

 

Female

Male

Total

Female

Male

Total

Female

Male

Total

Belconnen

15,846

16,397

32,243

15,714

17,029

32,743

-0.83%

3.85%

1.55%

Cotter-Namadgi

262

311

573

876

913

1,789

234.35%

193.57%

212.22%

Fyshwick-Pialligo-Hume

140

203

343

101

191

292

-27.86%

-5.91%

-14.87%

Gungahlin

11,103

11,612

22,715

13,420

13,933

27,353

20.87%

20.42%

20.42%

North Canberra

8,348

9,176

17,524

9,383

9,578

18,961

12.40%

4.38%

8.20%

South Canberra

3,538

3,473

7,011

3,472

3,632

7,104

-1.87%

4.58%

1.33%

Tuggeranong

14,428

15,202

29,630

14,027

14,869

28,896

-2.78%

-2.19%

-2.48%

Weston Creek

3,240

3,724

6,964

3,346

3,622

6,968

3.27%

-2.74%

0.06%

Woden

5,092

5,229

10,321

5,005

5,381

10,386

-1.71%

2.91%

0.63%

Total

61,997

65,327

127,324

65,344

69,148

134,492

5.40%

5.85%

5.63%

Source: ABS 2016, Population by Age and Sex, Regions of Australia, Population Estimates by Age and Sex, Regions of Australian Capital Territory (AGS 2016), Table 4. Estimated Resident Population by Age, Australian Capital Territory, Males 30 June 2016 and Table 5. Estimated Resident Population by Age, Australian Capital Territory, Females 30 June 2016, time series spreadsheet, cat. no. 3235.0, viewed 1 June 2016

Figure 5: Percentage change of 0-24 year olds in each ACT district, 2014-16

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1 Population by Age and Sex, Regions of Australia, 2016