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Oakleigh South Area Profile

The Facts: Oakleigh South is possibly named from the she-oaks which grew near Scotchman’s Creek.

Oakleigh South is bounded by Centre Road in the north, Clarinda Road in the east, the proposed Dingley Freeway and South Road in the south, and Warrigal Road in the west.

Settlement of the area dates from the 1840's, with land used mainly for farming and market gardening.

It is in the state electorate district of Clarinda and in the federal electorate division of Chisholm and Hotham.

People: Oakleigh South’s Population is 14,168  people.

The population is forecast to increase by 7.4% from 4,168 people to 4,477 people in 2036. Kingston's forecast is +22.3%.

17.2% of households are lone person households compared to 24.4% in Kingston.

People aged 70 - 84 years are forecast to have the greatest population increase with an additional 127 people in this age group between 2016 to 2036.  

Housing: The number of households is forecast to increase by 5.1% from 1,537 in 2016 to 1,616 households in 2036. The largest growth is expected for lone person households.

9.8% are 2 bedrooms, 49.9% are 3 bedrooms, 28.3% are 4 bedrooms, 6.7% are 5 bedrooms or more dwellings. 

78.3% of households in Oakleigh South fully own their dwelling or are purchasing it (mortgage) and 15.9% are renting privately and 2.1% are in social housing.  

31.3% of households with a mortgage are paying the highest loan repayments ($2,337 or more per month).

33.7% of renting households are in the highest rental costs paying $417 or more per week in rent.

Average household size in 2016 is 2.78 people. 

40.6% of households were made up of couples with children in 2016, compared with 33.4% in the City of Kingston.

Diversity: 40.7% of our residents were born overseas, of which 37.2% are from countries where English was not their first language.

10.9% of our population who were born overseas arrived in Australia after 2011.

0.3% of people identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, 41 residents.

Ancestries experiencing the most growth between 2011 and 2016: Indian (+103 people), Irish (+66 people) and Chinese (+27 people). 

8.7% of the population, 363 people, speak another language and English not well, or not at all.

Top 3 languages other than English spoken at home: Greek 29.4%, Mandarin 7.5%, Italian 6.6%.

1.74% (247 people) need help in their day-to-day lives due to a disability. 

Health and Wellbeing: 80% of people indicated that they have 'good, very good or excellent’ physical health, compared to Kingston which is 91%.

7% state that illegal drugs have a negative impact on my household.

26.7% of residents identified as smokers.

87% people have access to fresh and affordable food.

6.7% state that alcohol consumption has a negative impact on my household.

93.3% of people indicated that they have 'good, very good or excellent’ mental health.

67% of people feel a sense of optimism about the future.

Safety: 93.3% of people feel safe walking in the local area during the day, compared to 73.3% at night. 

44 reported assault and related offences, and 56 burglary break and entry (June 2016 - June 2017).

66.7% of people feel a strong sense of belonging to the community.

66.7% of people state that, in times of need, they could turn to neighbours for help.

Community: 13.1% of the population reported doing some form of voluntary work in 2016, compared with 28% in Kingston. 

20% stated that they are an active member of a club or community group, compared with 37% in Kingston.

80% of people like the look and feel of the local area, compared with 88% in Kingston.

80% of people are satisfied with the quality of the parks, playgrounds and open spaces in the local area, compared with 86% in Kingston.

93% of people believe there are adequate community services available in the local area, compared to 84% in Kingston.

60% of people believe there are opportunities to have a real say on issues that are important compared to 50% in Kingston.

80.3% of households are connected to the internet.

Employment: 1,964 people living in Oakleigh South in 2016 were employed, of which 57.2% worked full-time and 35.1% part-time. 

There were more professionals in Oakleigh South in 2016 than any other occupation.

Travel: 13.9% of residents used public transport to get to work in 2016.

22.8% of households own 3 or more vehicles and 0.4 % have no car at all  

Features: Oakleigh South is a predominantly residential area, with some industrial areas.

Major features of the area include Commonwealth Golf Club, Mavis Hutter Reserve, Dales Park and Carroll Road Transfer Station Resource Recovery & Waste Disposal Centre.

The population density of Oakleigh South is 15.52 persons per hectare.

Part of the suburb of Oakleigh South is located in the City of Monash .

 Data sources for information on this page are:

ABS 2016 Census    

.Id Community |Demographic resources 

Crime Statistics: 

Kingston City Council 2016 Health and Wellbeing Survey September 2014

Social Statistics: