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In Melton there were 824 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 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. 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
Melton - (Usual residence)20112006Change
Assistance to a person with a disability, long term illness or old ageNumber%City of Melton %Number%City of Melton %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idProvided unpaid assistance82413.010.768611.69.6+138
No unpaid assistance provided
4,94177.880.74,58277.480.4+360
Not stated
5859.28.665511.110.0-70

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, City of Melton: 8.6% No unpaid assistance provided, City of Melton: 80.7% Provided unpaid assistance, City of Melton: 10.7% Not stated, Melton: 9.2% No unpaid assistance provided, Melton: 77.8% Provided unpaid assistance, Melton: 13.0%
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, Melton: -70 No unpaid assistance provided, Melton: +360 Provided unpaid assistance, Melton: +138
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 Melton in 2011 compared to the City of Melton shows that there was a higher proportion of people who provided unpaid care either to family members or others.

Overall, 13.0% of the population provided unpaid care, compared with 10.7% for the City of Melton.

Emerging groups

The number of people who provided unpaid assistance to a person with a disability, long term illness or old age in Melton increased by 138 between 2006 and 2011.

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