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.
|Cairns - Total persons (Enumerated)||2011||2006||Change|
|Assistance to a person with a disability, long term illness or old age||Number||%||Regional QLD %||Number||%||Regional QLD %||2006 to 2011|
|Provided unpaid assistance||11,273||9.3||10.1||8,784||8.1||9.2||+2,489||11001|
|No unpaid assistance provided||95,943||79.1||80.0||84,621||78.5||79.6||+11,322||11002|
|Total persons aged 15+||121,358||100.0||100.0||107,825||100.0||100.0||+13,533|
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.
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.