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Central Coast Council area

Need for assistance

17,934 people or 5.7% of the population in the Central Coast Council area in 2011, reported needing help in their day-to-day lives due to disability.

The Central Coast Council area's disability statistics relate directly to need for assistance due to a severe or profound disability. The information may be used in the planning of local facilities, services such as day-care and occasional care and in the provision of information and support to carers. The Central Coast Council area's disability statistics help in understanding the prevalence of people who need support in the community, and along with information on Unpaid Care to a person with a disability, how that support is provided.

Please note: A person's reported need for assistance is based on a subjective assessment and should therefore be treated with caution. See the specific data notes for further detail.

Derived from the Census questions:

'Does the person ever need someone to help with, or be with them for, self care activities?', 'Does the person ever need someone to help with, or be with them for, body movement activities?', 'Does the person ever need someone to help with, or be with them for, communication activities?', and 'What are the reasons for the need for assistance or supervision shown in questions 20, 21 and 22?' (as per above).

Total population

Need for assistance with core activities
Central Coast Council area - Persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Assistance needed by age group (years)Number% of total age groupGreater Sydney %Number% of total age groupGreater Sydney %2006 to 2011
0 to 42661.30.91570.80.8+109
5 to 96333.22.34852.41.7+148
10 to 191,1712.81.97681.81.4+403
20 to 594,4792.92.03,8762.61.7+603
60 to 641,3126.96.21,0706.95.2+242
65 to 691,2307.57.77925.86.7+438
70 to 741,2609.411.48897.210.3+371
75 to 791,50113.718.11,54312.916.0-42
80 to 842,18222.927.72,22224.027.1-40
85 and over3,90043.548.42,94141.346.6+959

Need for assistance with core activities
Central Coast Council area - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Assistance needed by age group (years)Number%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idTotal persons needing assistance17,9345.74.414,7434.93.8+3,191
Total persons not needing assistance
278,22089.189.7264,84188.988.9+13,379
Not stated
16,0315.16.018,3456.27.4-2,314

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

Need for assistance with core activities, 2011
Need for assistance with core activities, 2011 85 and over, Greater Sydney: 48.4% 80 to 84, Greater Sydney: 27.7% 75 to 79, Greater Sydney: 18.1% 70 to 74, Greater Sydney: 11.4% 65 to 69, Greater Sydney: 7.7% 60 to 64, Greater Sydney: 6.2% 20 to 59, Greater Sydney: 2.0% 10 to 19, Greater Sydney: 1.9% 5 to 9, Greater Sydney: 2.3% 0 to 4, Greater Sydney: 0.9% 85 and over, Central Coast Council area: 43.5% 80 to 84, Central Coast Council area: 22.9% 75 to 79, Central Coast Council area: 13.7% 70 to 74, Central Coast Council area: 9.4% 65 to 69, Central Coast Council area: 7.5% 60 to 64, Central Coast Council area: 6.9% 20 to 59, Central Coast Council area: 2.9% 10 to 19, Central Coast Council area: 2.8% 5 to 9, Central Coast Council area: 3.2% 0 to 4, Central Coast Council area: 1.3%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in need for assistance with core activities, 2006 to 2011
Change in need for assistance with core activities, 2006 to 2011 85 and over, Central Coast Council area: +959 80 to 84, Central Coast Council area: -40 75 to 79, Central Coast Council area: -42 70 to 74, Central Coast Council area: +371 65 to 69, Central Coast Council area: +438 60 to 64, Central Coast Council area: +242 20 to 59, Central Coast Council area: +603 10 to 19, Central Coast Council area: +403 5 to 9, Central Coast Council area: +148 0 to 4, Central Coast Council area: +109
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2011 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.

Dominant groups

Analysis of the need for assistance of people in the Central Coast Council area compared to Greater Sydney shows that there was a higher proportion of people who reported needing assistance with core activities.

Overall, 5.7% of the population reported needing assistance with core activities, compared with 4.4% for Greater Sydney.

The major differences in the age groups reporting a need for assistance in the Central Coast Council area and Greater Sydney were:

  • A smaller percentage of persons aged 85 and over (43.5% compared to 48.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons aged 80 to 84 (22.9% compared to 27.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons aged 75 to 79 (13.7% compared to 18.1%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons aged 70 to 74 (9.4% compared to 11.4%)

Emerging groups

The major differences in the age groups reporting a need for assistance between 2006 and 2011 in the Central Coast Council area were in the age groups:

  • 85 and over (+959 persons)
  • 20 to 59 (+603 persons)
  • 65 to 69 (+438 persons)
  • 10 to 19 (+403 persons)

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