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Greater Western Sydney Region

Unpaid care

In the Greater Western Sydney Region there were 170,382 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 the Greater Western Sydney Region 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.

Unpaid care
Greater Western Sydney Region - Persons aged 15+ (Usual residence)20112006Change
Assistance to a person with a disability, long term illness or old ageNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2006 to 2011
Provided unpaid assistance170,38211.310.8138,88410.09.8+31,498
No unpaid assistance provided1,206,78780.180.51,103,22179.779.1+103,566
Not stated129,3118.68.7142,92210.311.1-13,611

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

Unpaid care, 2011
Unpaid care, 2011 Not stated, Greater Sydney: 8.7% No unpaid assistance provided, Greater Sydney: 80.5% Provided unpaid assistance, Greater Sydney: 10.8% Not stated, Greater Western Sydney Region: 8.6% No unpaid assistance provided, Greater Western Sydney Region: 80.1% Provided unpaid assistance, Greater Western Sydney Region: 11.3%
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 unpaid care, 2006 to 2011
Change in unpaid care, 2006 to 2011 Not stated, Greater Western Sydney Region: -13,611 No unpaid assistance provided, Greater Western Sydney Region: +103,566 Provided unpaid assistance, Greater Western Sydney Region: +31,498
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 unpaid care provided by the population in the Greater Western Sydney Region in 2011 compared to Greater Sydney shows that there was a similar proportion of people who provided unpaid care either to family members or others.

Overall, 11.3% of the population provided unpaid care, compared with 10.8% for Greater Sydney.

Emerging groups

The number of people who provided unpaid assistance to a person with a disability, long term illness or old age in the Greater Western Sydney Region increased by 31,498 between 2006 and 2011.

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