Cairns

Unpaid care

In Cairns there were 11,273 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 Cairns 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
Cairns - Total persons (Enumerated)20112006Change
Assistance to a person with a disability, long term illness or old ageNumber%Regional QLD %Number%Regional QLD %2006 to 2011
Provided unpaid assistance11,2739.310.18,7848.19.2+2,489
No unpaid assistance provided95,94379.180.084,62178.579.6+11,322
Not stated14,14211.79.914,42013.411.2-278

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

Unpaid care, 2011
Unpaid care, 2011 Not stated, Regional QLD: 9.9% No unpaid assistance provided, Regional QLD: 80.0% Provided unpaid assistance, Regional QLD: 10.1% Not stated, Cairns: 11.7% No unpaid assistance provided, Cairns: 79.1% Provided unpaid assistance, Cairns: 9.3%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Enumerated 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, Cairns: -278 No unpaid assistance provided, Cairns: +11,322 Provided unpaid assistance, Cairns: +2,489
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2011 (Enumerated data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

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

Overall, 9.3% of the population provided unpaid care, compared with 10.1% for Regional QLD.

Emerging groups

The number of people who provided unpaid assistance to a person with a disability, long term illness or old age in Cairns increased by 2,489 between 2006 and 2011.

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