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Wonthaggi District and Surrounds

Unpaid care

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In Wonthaggi District and Surrounds there were 1,651 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 Wonthaggi District and Surrounds 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
Wonthaggi District and Surrounds - Persons aged 15+ (Usual residence)20162006Change
Assistance to a person with a disability, long term illness or old ageNumber%Bass Coast Shire %Number%Bass Coast Shire %2006 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idProvided unpaid assistance1,65112.412.71,24111.911.9+410
No unpaid assistance provided
10,10075.976.37,93776.075.1+2,163
Not stated
1,55211.711.01,26112.113.1+291

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2006 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Unpaid care, 2016
Unpaid care, 2016 Not stated, Bass Coast Shire: 11.0% No unpaid assistance provided, Bass Coast Shire: 76.3% Provided unpaid assistance, Bass Coast Shire: 12.7% Not stated, Wonthaggi District and Surrounds: 11.7% No unpaid assistance provided, Wonthaggi District and Surrounds: 75.9% Provided unpaid assistance, Wonthaggi District and Surrounds: 12.4%
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, 2006 to 2016
Change in unpaid care, 2006 to 2016 Not stated, Wonthaggi District and Surrounds: +291 No unpaid assistance provided, Wonthaggi District and Surrounds: +2,163 Provided unpaid assistance, Wonthaggi District and Surrounds: +410
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 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 Wonthaggi District and Surrounds in 2016 compared to Bass Coast Shire shows that there was a similar proportion of people who provided unpaid care either to family members or others.

Overall, 12.4% of the population provided unpaid care, compared with 12.7% for Bass Coast Shire.

Emerging groups

The number of people who provided unpaid assistance to a person with a disability, long term illness or old age in Wonthaggi District and Surrounds increased by 410 between 2006 and 2016.

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