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Shire of Ashburton

Unpaid care

In the Shire of Ashburton there were 398 carers providing unpaid assistance to a person with a disability, long term illness or old age in 2011.

The proportion of people providing unpaid care for the aged and disabled in the Shire of Ashburton can be an important indicator of the level of demand for aged care services and facilities by local and state governments. An increasing proportion of carers among the population may indicate inadequate aged care provision, or the need for in-home support, or support for the carers themselves. The level of care provided by individuals is likely to be affected by Household Income, Age Structure and the ethnic makeup of the community (Language Spoken), as well as the sense of community cohesiveness.

Derived from the Census question:

'In the last two weeks did the person spend time providing unpaid care, help or assistance to family members or others because of a disability, a long term illness or problems related to old age?'.

Persons aged 15 years and over.

Unpaid care
Shire of Ashburton - Persons aged 15+ (Usual residence)20112006Change
Assistance to a person with a disability, long term illness or old ageNumber%Regional WA %Number%Regional WA %2006 to 2011
Provided unpaid assistance3984.89.11984.58.4+200
No unpaid assistance provided6,37777.679.13,58181.779.5+2,796
Not stated1,44117.511.860213.712.2+839

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2006 and 2011. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Unpaid care, 2011
Unpaid care, 2011 Not stated, Regional WA: 11.8% No unpaid assistance provided, Regional WA: 79.1% Provided unpaid assistance, Regional WA: 9.1% Not stated, Shire of Ashburton: 17.5% No unpaid assistance provided, Shire of Ashburton: 77.6% Provided unpaid assistance, Shire of Ashburton: 4.8%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in unpaid care, 2006 to 2011
Change in unpaid care, 2006 to 2011 Not stated, Shire of Ashburton: +839 No unpaid assistance provided, Shire of Ashburton: +2,796 Provided unpaid assistance, Shire of Ashburton: +200
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the unpaid care provided by the population in the Shire of Ashburton in 2011 compared to Regional WA shows that there was a lower proportion of people who provided unpaid care either to family members or others.

Overall, 4.8% of the population provided unpaid care, compared with 9.1% for Regional WA.

Emerging groups

The number of people who provided unpaid assistance to a person with a disability, long term illness or old age in the Shire of Ashburton increased by 200 between 2006 and 2011.

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