Population and demographics

Quick stats

  • Population of 87,088 (ABS ERP 2014).
  • 32,390 households (Estimated, 2015).
  • Largest percentage of people are aged 35-49 years.
  • Largest percentage of working population are technicians and trades workers.
  • Population forecast to grow to 175,562 by 2036.

Data collection

Australian Bureau of Statistics Census of Population and Housing
The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) undertakes Census collection every five years. The Census of Population and Housing is the largest statistical collection undertaken by the ABS. Its objective is to accurately measure the number and key characteristics of people who are in Australia on Census night, and of the dwellings in which they live.

This national survey provides essential data required for adequate planning and service provision. The ABS Census (2011) Quick Stats for Cardinia Shire provides detailed demographic information about Cardinia Shire on Census night 2011.

The next Census will be undertaken 9 August 2016. The Census offers casual temporary positions, with flexible working hours across a wide range of roles. Register your interest with the ABS.

Informed Decisions (ID) – Cardinia Shire's census data experts
Census data is available via the Informed Decisions Products below. Informed Decisions (ID) is a company of demographers, analysts and census data experts who develop information products specifically for the Australian Local Government market. Informed decisions use the ABS Census and other statistics for Cardinia Shire to compile and present data in an interactive and easy to use format. For support with any of the products below or to request group training please contact the Social and Community Planning team on 1300 787 624.

Link to Cardinia Shire community profileCardinia Shire community profile provides demographic analysis for the Shire and its suburbs. It enables you to analyse the population characteristics of your community, understand how they have changed over time and how they compare to other areas. The profile presents data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Census of Population and Housing for the local government area, and for smaller areas within it (e.g. suburbs). The data is presented in easy to use tables, charts and commentary covering a wide range of Census questions to assist Council, the general public, students, community groups, organisations, business and investors to become more informed about the community.

Link to Cardinia Shire economic profileCardinia Shire economic profile presents information that enables you to describe the area's role within the broader economy, explore options for economic development and promote the area's strengths. The information presented here is derived from official sources of information (Australian Bureau of Statistics) as well as Australia's leading economic modellers, NIEIR.

Link to Cardinia Shire population forecastsCardinia Shire population forecasts present what is driving population change in the community and how the population, age structure and household types will change. The forecasts are designed to provide community groups, Council, investors, business, students and the general public with knowledge to make confident decisions about the future.

Link to Cardinia Shire social atlasCardinia Shire social atlas presents key socio-demographic characteristics for the area as interactive maps. Based on data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Census of Population and Housing, each map is prepared using Census Collector Districts providing the finest level of detail to help identify spatial patterns and trends in the area.

Cardinia social research and planning

Social planning is based on the principles of social justice (equity, access, participation and rights) and involves enhancing community wellbeing by planning for the needs and aspirations of people and communities through strategic policy and action.

In order to understand our changing community and respond to emerging issues, we monitor demographic and social data about our community. We are committed to understanding the needs of resident’s and the social challenges they are facing.

Social research
We undertook social research into the needs, aspirations and priorities of residents living in growth areas. The research focused on estate planning, local services and facilities, community life, and social and personal issues.

View the summary document (Word, 1.3MB) for more information and an overview of findings.

Social planning
Social planning involves a wide range of social research and policy activities that, when combined with strategic planning, seeks to develop holistic community-focussed strategies to enhance community wellbeing, health and quality of life. The social planning web page outlines Council's current policy and strategy responses to social and community issues.

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