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Need for assistance

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95,653 people or 3.9% of the population in Western Australia in 2016, reported needing help in their day-to-day lives due to disability.

Western Australia's disability statistics relate directly to need for assistance due to a severe or profound disability. The information may be used in the planning of local facilities, services such as day-care and occasional care and in the provision of information and support to carers. Western Australia's disability statistics help in understanding the prevalence of people who need support in the community, and along with information on Unpaid Care to a person with a disability, how that support is provided.

Please note: A person's reported need for assistance is based on a subjective assessment and should therefore be treated with caution. See the specific data notes for further detail.

Due to changes in ABS rules concerning perturbation and additivity of data to protect the confidentiality of individuals in 2016, counts of individual age groups with a need for assistance in 2016 may not add up to the table total. The table total is independently calculated and will be closer to the true population requiring assistance. Due to ABS adjustments of small numbers, no reliability can be placed on small data cells in 2016. For more information please see the data notes on Data Confidentiality.

Derived from the Census questions:

'Does the person ever need someone to help with, or be with them for, self care activities?', 'Does the person ever need someone to help with, or be with them for, body movement activities?', 'Does the person ever need someone to help with, or be with them for, communication activities?', and 'What are the reasons for the need for assistance or supervision shown in questions 20, 21 and 22?' (as per above).

Total population

Need for assistance with core activities
Western Australia - Persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Assistance needed by age group (years)Number% of total age groupAustralia %Number% of total age groupAustralia %2011 to 2016
0 to 41,5571.01.11,3470.91.0+210
5 to 94,1852.53.22,9542.12.6+1,231
10 to 197,1412.43.05,1931.82.2+1,948
20 to 5925,4131.92.621,0521.72.3+4,361
60 to 646,3534.86.55,9174.96.3+436
65 to 697,2326.27.85,0895.97.5+2,143
70 to 747,2138.710.55,6918.610.3+1,522
75 to 798,54613.916.06,90813.916.3+1,638
80 to 849,90923.326.49,37924.526.3+530
85 and over18,10842.746.815,57745.647.7+2,531

Need for assistance with core activities
Western Australia - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Assistance needed by age group (years)Number%Australia %Number%Australia %2011 to 2016
Total persons needing assistance95,6533.95.179,1073.54.6+16,546
Total persons not needing assistance2,185,29588.387.72,008,77189.789.7+176,524
Not stated193,4617.87.1151,3246.85.7+42,137

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Need for assistance with core activities, 2016
Need for assistance with core activities, 2016 85 and over, Australia: 46.8% 80 to 84, Australia: 26.4% 75 to 79, Australia: 16.0% 70 to 74, Australia: 10.5% 65 to 69, Australia: 7.8% 60 to 64, Australia: 6.5% 20 to 59, Australia: 2.6% 10 to 19, Australia: 3.0% 5 to 9, Australia: 3.2% 0 to 4, Australia: 1.1% 85 and over, Western Australia: 42.7% 80 to 84, Western Australia: 23.3% 75 to 79, Western Australia: 13.9% 70 to 74, Western Australia: 8.7% 65 to 69, Western Australia: 6.2% 60 to 64, Western Australia: 4.8% 20 to 59, Western Australia: 1.9% 10 to 19, Western Australia: 2.4% 5 to 9, Western Australia: 2.5% 0 to 4, Western Australia: 1.0%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in need for assistance with core activities, 2011 to 2016
Change in need for assistance with core activities, 2011 to 2016 85 and over, Western Australia: +2,531 80 to 84, Western Australia: +530 75 to 79, Western Australia: +1,638 70 to 74, Western Australia: +1,522 65 to 69, Western Australia: +2,143 60 to 64, Western Australia: +436 20 to 59, Western Australia: +4,361 10 to 19, Western Australia: +1,948 5 to 9, Western Australia: +1,231 0 to 4, Western Australia: +210
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 and 2016 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the need for assistance of people in Australia compared to Australia shows that there was a lower proportion of people who reported needing assistance with core activities.

Overall, 3.9% of the population reported needing assistance with core activities, compared with 5.1% for Australia.

The major differences in the age groups reporting a need for assistance in Western Australia and Australia were:

  • A smaller percentage of persons aged 85 and over (42.7% compared to 46.8%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons aged 80 to 84 (23.3% compared to 26.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons aged 75 to 79 (13.9% compared to 16.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons aged 70 to 74 (8.7% compared to 10.5%)

Emerging groups

The major differences in the age groups reporting a need for assistance between 2011 and 2016 in Western Australia were in the age groups:

  • 20 to 59 (+4,361 persons)
  • 85 and over (+2,531 persons)
  • 65 to 69 (+2,143 persons)
  • 10 to 19 (+1,948 persons)

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