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In Brisbane LGA there were 71,724 carers providing unpaid assistance to a person with a disability, long term illness or old age in 2006.

The proportion of people providing unpaid care for the aged and disabled in Brisbane LGA 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
Brisbane LGA - Persons aged 15+ (Usual residence)20062001Change
Assistance to a person with a disability, long term illness or old ageNumber%Greater Brisbane %Number%Greater Brisbane %2001 to 2006
Provided unpaid assistance71,7249.29.6--------
No unpaid assistance provided637,24881.481.1--------
Not stated74,1749.59.3--------

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2001 and 2006. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Unpaid care, 2006
Unpaid care, 2006 Not stated, Greater Brisbane: 9.3% No unpaid assistance provided, Greater Brisbane: 81.1% Provided unpaid assistance, Greater Brisbane: 9.6% Not stated, Brisbane LGA: 9.5% No unpaid assistance provided, Brisbane LGA: 81.4% Provided unpaid assistance, Brisbane LGA: 9.2%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in unpaid care, 2001 to 2006
Change in unpaid care, 2001 to 2006
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2001 and 2006 (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 Brisbane LGA in 2006 compared to Greater Brisbane shows that there was a similar proportion of people who provided unpaid care either to family members or others.

Overall, 9.2% of the population provided unpaid care, compared with 9.6% for Greater Brisbane.

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