City of Monash

Unpaid care

In the City of Monash there were 15,229 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 City of Monash 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
City of Monash - Total persons (Enumerated)20112006Change
Assistance to a person with a disability, long term illness or old ageNumber%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %2006 to 2011
Provided unpaid assistance15,22910.710.913,55010.110.1+1,679
No unpaid assistance provided117,09882.581.0109,44581.379.9+7,653
Not stated9,6146.88.011,6608.710.0-2,046

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

Unpaid care, 2011
Unpaid care, 2011 Not stated, Greater Melbourne: 8.0% No unpaid assistance provided, Greater Melbourne: 81.0% Provided unpaid assistance, Greater Melbourne: 10.9% Not stated, City of Monash: 6.8% No unpaid assistance provided, City of Monash: 82.5% Provided unpaid assistance, City of Monash: 10.7%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 (Enumerated 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 Monash: -2,046 No unpaid assistance provided, City of Monash: +7,653 Provided unpaid assistance, City of Monash: +1,679
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2006 and 2011 (Enumerated 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 City of Monash in 2011 compared to Greater Melbourne shows that there was a similar proportion of people who provided unpaid care either to family members or others.

Overall, 10.7% of the population provided unpaid care, compared with 10.9% for Greater Melbourne.

Emerging groups

The number of people who provided unpaid assistance to a person with a disability, long term illness or old age in the City of Monash increased by 1,679 between 2006 and 2011.