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Macarthur Region

Need for assistance

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14,746 people or 5.2% of the population in the Macarthur Region in 2016, 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.

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
Macarthur 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 43671.71.12511.30.9+116
5 to 91,0234.72.86823.72.3+341
10 to 191,5994.02.51,1273.01.9+472
20 to 594,5032.92.23,6352.72.0+868
60 to 641,1707.86.71,0357.86.2+135
65 to 691,2539.98.586410.17.7+389
70 to 741,20114.411.873912.811.4+462
75 to 791,08420.018.781920.518.1+265
80 to 841,01829.329.997433.727.7+44
85 and over1,53546.650.41,43455.448.4+101

Need for assistance with core activities
Macarthur Region - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Assistance needed by age group (years)Number%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2011 to 2016
Total persons needing assistance14,7465.24.911,5604.74.4+3,186
Total persons not needing assistance251,83588.888.7222,30590.489.7+29,530
Not stated17,1686.16.412,0834.96.0+5,085

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, Macarthur Region: 46.6% 80 to 84, Macarthur Region: 29.3% 75 to 79, Macarthur Region: 20.0% 70 to 74, Macarthur Region: 14.4% 65 to 69, Macarthur Region: 9.9% 60 to 64, Macarthur Region: 7.8% 20 to 59, Macarthur Region: 2.9% 10 to 19, Macarthur Region: 4.0% 5 to 9, Macarthur Region: 4.7% 0 to 4, Macarthur Region: 1.7%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016 (Usual residence data)
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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, Macarthur Region: +101 80 to 84, Macarthur Region: +44 75 to 79, Macarthur Region: +265 70 to 74, Macarthur Region: +462 65 to 69, Macarthur Region: +389 60 to 64, Macarthur Region: +135 20 to 59, Macarthur Region: +868 10 to 19, Macarthur Region: +472 5 to 9, Macarthur Region: +341 0 to 4, Macarthur Region: +116
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 and 2016 (Usual residence data)
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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, 5.2% 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 Macarthur Region and Greater Sydney were:

  • A larger percentage of persons aged 70 to 74 (14.4% compared to 11.8%)
  • A larger percentage of persons aged 5 to 9 (4.7% compared to 2.8%)
  • A larger percentage of persons aged 10 to 19 (4.0% compared to 2.5%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons aged 85 and over (46.6% compared to 50.4%)

Emerging groups

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

  • 20 to 59 (+868 persons)
  • 10 to 19 (+472 persons)
  • 70 to 74 (+462 persons)
  • 65 to 69 (+389 persons)

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