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Life-stages - Unpaid care

In 2011, there were 564 carers aged 18 to 24 years in the City of Melton providing unpaid assistance to a person with a disability, long term illness or old age.

The proportion of people providing unpaid care for the aged and disabled in the City of Melton 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.

Different age groups may provide different levels of care. Caring is likely to be highest among those in their 30s, caring for special needs children, and those in their 50s, caring for elderly parents.

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?'.

People aged 18 to 24 years

Unpaid care
City of Melton - 18 to 24 years20112006Change
Provided unpaid assistance5645.65.14085.34.8+156
No unpaid assistance provided8,56785.287.46,51385.286.0+2,054
Not stated9229.27.57209.49.2+202

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, Victoria: 7.5% No unpaid assistance provided, Victoria: 87.4% Provided unpaid assistance, Victoria: 5.1% Not stated, City of Melton: 9.2% No unpaid assistance provided, City of Melton: 85.2% Provided unpaid assistance, City of Melton: 5.6%
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, City of Melton: +202 No unpaid assistance provided, City of Melton: +2,054 Provided unpaid assistance, City of Melton: +156
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 people aged 18 to 24 years in the City of Melton in 2011 compared to Victoria shows that there was a similar proportion of persons who provided unpaid care either to family members or others.

Overall, 5.6% of the population aged 18 to 24 years provided unpaid care, compared with 5.1% for Victoria.

Emerging groups

The number of people aged 18 to 24 years who provided unpaid assistance to a person with a disability, long term illness or old age in the City of Melton increased by 156 people between 2006 and 2011.