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Greater Western Sydney Region

Need for assistance

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119,741 people or 5.5% of the population in the Greater Western Sydney Region in 2016, reported needing help in their day-to-day lives due to disability.

The Greater Western Sydney Region'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 Greater Western Sydney Region'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.

Due to changes in ABS rules concerning perturbation and additivity of data to protect the confidentiality of individuals in 2016, counts of individual age groups with a need for assistance in 2016 may not add up to the table total. The table total is independently calculated and will be closer to the true population requiring assistance. Due to ABS adjustments of small numbers, no reliability can be placed on small data cells in 2016. For more information please see the data notes on Data Confidentiality.

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
Greater Western Sydney Region - Persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Assistance needed by age group (years)Number% of total age groupGreater Sydney %Number% of total age groupGreater Sydney %2011 to 2016
0 to 41,8971.21.11,5091.00.9+388
5 to 94,8833.12.83,6522.72.3+1,230
10 to 197,9182.82.56,0162.21.9+1,902
20 to 5934,5922.92.229,2442.72.0+5,348
60 to 649,4788.76.78,0308.26.2+1,447
65 to 6910,28711.28.57,08910.37.7+3,198
70 to 749,85015.411.87,32014.511.4+2,529
75 to 7910,51323.218.78,38322.218.1+2,129
80 to 8410,96635.229.99,65133.427.7+1,315
85 and over17,09655.650.413,57653.448.4+3,520

Need for assistance with core activities
Greater Western Sydney Region - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Assistance needed by age group (years)Number%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2011 to 2016
Total persons needing assistance119,7415.54.994,4734.94.4+25,267
Total persons not needing assistance1,906,88188.488.71,741,09589.689.7+165,785
Not stated131,2466.16.4107,6685.56.0+23,578

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Need for assistance with core activities, 2016
Need for assistance with core activities, 2016 85 and over, Greater Sydney: 50.4% 80 to 84, Greater Sydney: 29.9% 75 to 79, Greater Sydney: 18.7% 70 to 74, Greater Sydney: 11.8% 65 to 69, Greater Sydney: 8.5% 60 to 64, Greater Sydney: 6.7% 20 to 59, Greater Sydney: 2.2% 10 to 19, Greater Sydney: 2.5% 5 to 9, Greater Sydney: 2.8% 0 to 4, Greater Sydney: 1.1% 85 and over, Greater Western Sydney Region: 55.6% 80 to 84, Greater Western Sydney Region: 35.2% 75 to 79, Greater Western Sydney Region: 23.2% 70 to 74, Greater Western Sydney Region: 15.4% 65 to 69, Greater Western Sydney Region: 11.2% 60 to 64, Greater Western Sydney Region: 8.7% 20 to 59, Greater Western Sydney Region: 2.9% 10 to 19, Greater Western Sydney Region: 2.8% 5 to 9, Greater Western Sydney Region: 3.1% 0 to 4, Greater Western Sydney Region: 1.2%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
Change in need for assistance with core activities, 2011 to 2016
Change in need for assistance with core activities, 2011 to 2016 85 and over, Greater Western Sydney Region: +3,520 80 to 84, Greater Western Sydney Region: +1,315 75 to 79, Greater Western Sydney Region: +2,129 70 to 74, Greater Western Sydney Region: +2,529 65 to 69, Greater Western Sydney Region: +3,198 60 to 64, Greater Western Sydney Region: +1,447 20 to 59, Greater Western Sydney Region: +5,348 10 to 19, Greater Western Sydney Region: +1,902 5 to 9, Greater Western Sydney Region: +1,230 0 to 4, Greater Western Sydney Region: +388
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 and 2016 (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 Greater Western Sydney Region compared to Greater Sydney shows that there was a higher proportion of people who reported needing assistance with core activities.

Overall, 5.5% of the population reported needing assistance with core activities, compared with 4.9% for Greater Sydney.

The major differences in the age groups reporting a need for assistance in the Greater Western Sydney Region and Greater Sydney were:

  • A larger percentage of persons aged 80 to 84 (35.2% compared to 29.9%)
  • A larger percentage of persons aged 85 and over (55.6% compared to 50.4%)
  • A larger percentage of persons aged 75 to 79 (23.2% compared to 18.7%)
  • A larger percentage of persons aged 70 to 74 (15.4% compared to 11.8%)

Emerging groups

The major differences in the age groups reporting a need for assistance between 2011 and 2016 in the Greater Western Sydney Region were in the age groups:

  • 20 to 59 (+5,348 persons)
  • 85 and over (+3,520 persons)
  • 65 to 69 (+3,198 persons)
  • 70 to 74 (+2,529 persons)

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