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Macarthur Region

Need for assistance

11,560 people or 4.7% of the population in the Macarthur Region in 2011, reported needing help in their day-to-day lives due to disability.

The Macarthur 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 Macarthur 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.

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
Macarthur Region - 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 42510.10.12030.10.1+48
5 to 96820.30.15010.20.1+181
10 to 191,1270.50.27350.30.2+392
20 to 593,6351.51.12,8451.21.0+790
60 to 641,0350.40.36250.30.2+410
65 to 698640.40.35090.20.2+355
70 to 747390.30.35110.20.3+228
75 to 798190.30.46870.30.4+132
80 to 849740.40.58610.40.5+113
85 and over1,4340.60.91,0800.50.7+354

Need for assistance with core activities
Macarthur Region - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Assistance needed by age group (years)Number%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2006 to 2011
Total persons needing assistance11,5604.74.48,5573.73.8+3,003
Total persons not needing assistance222,30590.489.7211,42590.788.9+10,880
Not stated12,0834.96.013,0825.67.4-999

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: 0.9% 80 to 84, Greater Sydney: 0.5% 75 to 79, Greater Sydney: 0.4% 70 to 74, Greater Sydney: 0.3% 65 to 69, Greater Sydney: 0.3% 60 to 64, Greater Sydney: 0.3% 20 to 59, Greater Sydney: 1.1% 10 to 19, Greater Sydney: 0.2% 5 to 9, Greater Sydney: 0.1% 0 to 4, Greater Sydney: 0.1% 85 and over, Macarthur Region: 0.6% 80 to 84, Macarthur Region: 0.4% 75 to 79, Macarthur Region: 0.3% 70 to 74, Macarthur Region: 0.3% 65 to 69, Macarthur Region: 0.4% 60 to 64, Macarthur Region: 0.4% 20 to 59, Macarthur Region: 1.5% 10 to 19, Macarthur Region: 0.5% 5 to 9, Macarthur Region: 0.3% 0 to 4, Macarthur Region: 0.1%
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, Macarthur Region: +354 80 to 84, Macarthur Region: +113 75 to 79, Macarthur Region: +132 70 to 74, Macarthur Region: +228 65 to 69, Macarthur Region: +355 60 to 64, Macarthur Region: +410 20 to 59, Macarthur Region: +790 10 to 19, Macarthur Region: +392 5 to 9, Macarthur Region: +181 0 to 4, Macarthur Region: +48
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 Macarthur Region compared to Greater Sydney shows that there was a similar proportion of people who reported needing assistance with core activities.

Overall, 4.7% of the population reported needing assistance with core activities, compared with 4.4% for Greater Sydney.

There were no major differences between Macarthur Region and Greater Sydney in 2011.

Emerging groups

The major differences in the age groups reporting a need for assistance between 2006 and 2011 in the Macarthur Region were in the age groups:

  • 20 to 59 (+790 persons)
  • 60 to 64 (+410 persons)
  • 10 to 19 (+392 persons)
  • 65 to 69 (+355 persons)

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