In 2011, 1,186 residents in the West Belconnen area identified as having a profound or severe disability needing assistance in one or more core activity.12 Of this identified group, 612 were females, with 267 of these females aged over 70.
In 2011, 3,182 residents in the West Belconnen area identified that they provide unpaid care to a person with disability. Of this identified group, 1,937were females13, with the largest age cohort of these females being 50-59 years - 434.
Identifying the age structure of an area can assist in determining short, medium and long term use of facilities. Different age groups have different needs and usage for facilities, for instance playgrounds for children, sports ovals for teenagers, walking pathways and seating for seniors.
In 2011, the median age of the ACT population was 34 years which was 3 years below the national average of 37.14 The median age of the nine suburbs in the
West Belconnen district varied from 38 years (Flynn) to 31 years (Macgregor).15
Figure 2: West Belconnen suburb population total and median age, 2011
Source: ABS, Basic Community Profile, 2011, Australia
As a collective area, the largest proportion of the West Belconnen population fell into the 30-39 age cohort, followed by the 0-9 age cohort in 2011.16 The gender breakdown over the age cohorts are similar up until the age of 49, where females become the dominate gender from 50 years and over.
Figure 3: Population distribution by age, male and female, West Belconnen.
Source: ABS, Census of Population and Housing, 2011.
In 2011, 6,180 families in the West Belconnen area identified as having dependent children 15 years and under.17 Of the families with dependents 15 years and under,
25 per cent were lone parent families, 81 per cent of which were lone female households.18
In 2014, 542 ACT Public Housing properties in the West Belconnen area were home to children, with 56 per cent of these households comprising of lone parent tenants.19
West Belconnen area. Of those who reported living alone 56.5 per cent were females, with 34 per cent aged 65 years and over.20 Holt had the highest proportion of those people who reported living alone – 22.5 per cent.21
Group households are generally transient in nature as their formation is often associated with a period of transition for young adults from living with parents to forming their preferred living arrangements. In 2011, 1,227 group households were recorded in the West Belconnen area.22
Of those who reported living in a group household 57 per cent were males, with
46 per cent aged between 20 to 29 years.23 Macgregor had the highest proportion of those people who reported living in group housing – 16 per cent.24
Table 5: Living alone and group households, West Belconnen, 2011.
Source: ABS, Basic Community Profile, 2011, Australia.
Mortgage - median monthly repayment
The ACT median monthly mortgage repayment in 2011 was $2167, which was $367 higher than the national amount of $1800.25
In 2011, the median monthly mortgage repayment for a private dwelling in the
West Belconnen area was $2037, which was $130 less than the ACT median - $2167.26
The median monthly mortgage repayment in each of the nine West Belconnen suburbs also varied against the ACT median, with Dunlop ($2,200), Fraser ($2167) and Macgregor ($2167) recording monthly mortgage payment higher than the
While the other six suburbs were below the ACT median, Spence ($2102) was the only suburb that was above the West Belconnen median amount.28
Renting – median weekly payment
The ACT median weekly rent payment in 2011 was $380, which was $95 higher than the national median of $285.29
In 2011, the median weekly rent payment for a private dwelling in the West Belconnen area was $345, which was $35 less than the ACT median of $380.30
The median weekly rent payment in each of the nine West Belconnen suburbs also varied against the ACT median, with Flynn ($390) and Dunlop ($390) recording weekly rent payment higher than the ACT median. 31
While the other seven suburbs were below the ACT median, suburbs such as Macgregor ($380), Fraser ($380), Latham ($351) and Holt ($350) were above the West Belconnen median amount.32