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In Australia there were 2,145,197 carers providing unpaid assistance to a person with a disability, long term illness or old age in 2016.

The proportion of people providing unpaid care for the aged and disabled in Australia 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
Australia - Persons aged 15+ (Usual residence)20162011Change
Assistance to a person with a disability, long term illness or old ageNumber%Greater Capital Cities %Number%Greater Capital Cities %2011 to 2016
Provided unpaid assistance2,145,19711.311.01,896,85210.910.7+248,345
No unpaid assistance provided15,196,22879.881.013,988,63780.681.1+1,207,591
Not stated1,695,8488.98.01,475,6708.58.2+220,178

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

Unpaid care, 2016
Unpaid care, 2016 Not stated, Greater Capital Cities: 8.0% No unpaid assistance provided, Greater Capital Cities: 81.0% Provided unpaid assistance, Greater Capital Cities: 11.0% Not stated, Australia: 8.9% No unpaid assistance provided, Australia: 79.8% Provided unpaid assistance, Australia: 11.3%
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 unpaid care, 2011 to 2016
Change in unpaid care, 2011 to 2016 Not stated, Australia: +220,178 No unpaid assistance provided, Australia: +1,207,591 Provided unpaid assistance, Australia: +248,345
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 unpaid care provided by the population in Australia in 2016 compared to Greater Capital Cities shows that there was a similar proportion of people who provided unpaid care either to family members or others.

Overall, 11.3% of the population provided unpaid care, compared with 11.0% for Greater Capital Cities.

Emerging groups

The number of people who provided unpaid assistance to a person with a disability, long term illness or old age in Australia increased by 248,345 between 2011 and 2016.

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