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Colac Otway Shire

Need for assistance

1,225 people or 6.0% of the population in Colac Otway Shire in 2011, reported needing help in their day-to-day lives due to disability.

Colac Otway Shire'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. Colac Otway Shire'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
Colac Otway Shire - Persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Assistance needed by age group (years)Number% of total age groupRegional VIC %Number% of total age groupRegional VIC %2006 to 2011
0 to 4110.91.1141.21.0-3
5 to 9362.83.2251.82.4+11
10 to 19622.32.8521.72.1+10
20 to 594334.43.23933.92.8+40
60 to 64805.66.7706.15.8+10
65 to 69696.37.3545.76.1+15
70 to 74687.89.4627.88.3+6
75 to 798912.914.69513.013.5-6
80 to 8413923.523.613124.224.9+8
85 and over23843.847.020346.947.0+35

Need for assistance with core activities
Colac Otway Shire - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Assistance needed by age group (years)Number%Regional VIC %Number%Regional VIC %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idTotal persons needing assistance1,2256.05.71,0995.44.9+126
Total persons not needing assistance
18,23189.689.418,33590.390.1-104
Not stated
8824.34.98604.25.1+22

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, Regional VIC: 47.0% 80 to 84, Regional VIC: 23.6% 75 to 79, Regional VIC: 14.6% 70 to 74, Regional VIC: 9.4% 65 to 69, Regional VIC: 7.3% 60 to 64, Regional VIC: 6.7% 20 to 59, Regional VIC: 3.2% 10 to 19, Regional VIC: 2.8% 5 to 9, Regional VIC: 3.2% 0 to 4, Regional VIC: 1.1% 85 and over, Colac Otway Shire: 43.8% 80 to 84, Colac Otway Shire: 23.5% 75 to 79, Colac Otway Shire: 12.9% 70 to 74, Colac Otway Shire: 7.8% 65 to 69, Colac Otway Shire: 6.3% 60 to 64, Colac Otway Shire: 5.6% 20 to 59, Colac Otway Shire: 4.4% 10 to 19, Colac Otway Shire: 2.3% 5 to 9, Colac Otway Shire: 2.8% 0 to 4, Colac Otway Shire: 0.9%
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, Colac Otway Shire: +35 80 to 84, Colac Otway Shire: +8 75 to 79, Colac Otway Shire: -6 70 to 74, Colac Otway Shire: +6 65 to 69, Colac Otway Shire: +15 60 to 64, Colac Otway Shire: +10 20 to 59, Colac Otway Shire: +40 10 to 19, Colac Otway Shire: +10 5 to 9, Colac Otway Shire: +11 0 to 4, Colac Otway Shire: -3
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 Colac Otway Shire compared to Regional VIC shows that there was a similar proportion of people who reported needing assistance with core activities.

Overall, 6.0% of the population reported needing assistance with core activities, compared with 5.7% for Regional VIC.

The major differences in the age groups reporting a need for assistance in Colac Otway Shire and Regional VIC were:

  • A larger percentage of persons aged 20 to 59 (4.4% compared to 3.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons aged 85 and over (43.8% compared to 47.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons aged 75 to 79 (12.9% compared to 14.6%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons aged 70 to 74 (7.8% compared to 9.4%)

Emerging groups

There were no major differences in Colac Otway Shire between 2006 and 2011.

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