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Central Coast Council area

Need for assistance - Introduction

There were 17,943 people with a need for assistance living in the Central Coast Council area in 2011.

People with a disability are an important and sometimes disadvantaged population group often in need of specific services provided by local and state government. Their living arrangements may differ markedly from the rest of the population.

Information was collected in the 2006 and 2011 Censuses about each respondent’s “need for assistance” with either “self-care”, “body movement” or “communication” activities (very young children who obviously require this assistance due only to their age are filtered out of the data).

Unfortunately the data was not considered high enough quality to release information on the three types of assistance separately, so the only information available is whether or not a person needs assistance. It is still possible to look at other characteristics of these people, however, which is provided in this profile.

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).

People needing assistance

Key statistics
Central Coast Council area - Need for assistance20112006Change
Number%Greater SydneyNumber%Greater Sydney2006 to 2011
Population summary--------------
Age structure--------------
0 - 14 years1,5528.67.81,1347.77.2+418
15 - 24 years8464.74.25413.73.9+305
25 - 64 years5,47530.531.74,56330.930.6+912
65 years or more10,07056.156.48,54357.858.3+1,527
Total population17,943100.0100.014,781100.0100.0+3,162
Education institute attending--------------
Primary school8614.84.36584.54.0+203
Secondary school6143.42.83942.72.4+220
Tertiary (University and TAFE)2551.41.71761.21.5+79
Highest qualification achieved--------------
Other post-school2,36314.410.31,80613.29.6+557
No qualification9,74659.564.48,03158.963.6+1,715
Unemployment rate20517.014.416618.513.9+39
Participation rate1,2097.47.98956.67.6+314
Household income--------------
$599 or less4,93133.530.2--------
$600 to $19996,94947.243.2--------
$2000 or more1,4009.516.7--------
Household type--------------
Couple with children3,52424.134.52,76723.332.7+757
Couple without children4,55631.124.33,98633.525.7+570
One parent family2,85519.519.22,00116.817.5+854
Group household5353.73.14393.73.4+96
Lone person household2,97620.317.42,54821.419.1+428
Dwelling type--------------
Private dwellings14,67982.682.911,92481.879.9+2,755
Non-private dwellings3,09717.417.12,65218.220.1+445
Housing tenure--------------
Fully owned6,56344.642.85,92949.646.6+634
Dwelling structure--------------
Separate house11,39677.670.79,36778.671.7+2,029
Medium density2,84019.318.42,23418.717.8+606
High density2481.710.31391.210.1+109
Internet connection--------------
Broadband connection8,27656.258.43,16026.531.7+5,116
Car ownership--------------
Access to a motor vehicle11,68179.475.88,99975.371.1+2,682
Unpaid childcare--------------
Provided unpaid child care1,4318.79.61,1618.58.5+270

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

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Data notes

Please note that for household topics (including household type, household income), people with a disability counted in non-private dwellings such as hostels for the disabled were excluded – these topics only apply to those counted in private dwellings.