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Need for assistance

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224,092 people or 5.0% of the population in the National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA) in 2016, reported needing help in their day-to-day lives due to disability.

The National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA)'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 National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA)'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
National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA) - 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 44,5991.31.13,3941.10.9+1,205
5 to 912,8803.82.88,4472.92.3+4,433
10 to 1920,6353.42.514,4042.51.9+6,230
20 to 5970,5922.92.252,3332.52.0+18,258
60 to 6417,0257.86.714,5347.56.2+2,490
65 to 6918,5929.88.512,5589.27.7+6,034
70 to 7417,46213.211.812,18712.411.4+5,275
75 to 7917,52819.118.713,20618.918.1+4,321
80 to 8417,79429.829.915,49230.627.7+2,301
85 and over27,02249.250.421,36051.648.4+5,662

Need for assistance with core activities
National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA) - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Assistance needed by age group (years)Number%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2011 to 2016
Total persons needing assistance224,0925.04.9167,9184.34.4+56,173
Total persons not needing assistance3,986,65388.588.73,512,06390.389.7+474,589
Not stated295,1196.56.4207,6205.36.0+87,498

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, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): 49.2% 80 to 84, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): 29.8% 75 to 79, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): 19.1% 70 to 74, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): 13.2% 65 to 69, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): 9.8% 60 to 64, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): 7.8% 20 to 59, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): 2.9% 10 to 19, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): 3.4% 5 to 9, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): 3.8% 0 to 4, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): 1.3%
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2016 (Usual residence data)
Compiled and presented in profile.id by .id, the population experts.
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, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): +5,662 80 to 84, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): +2,301 75 to 79, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): +4,321 70 to 74, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): +5,275 65 to 69, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): +6,034 60 to 64, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): +2,490 20 to 59, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): +18,258 10 to 19, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): +6,230 5 to 9, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): +4,433 0 to 4, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): +1,205
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing, 2011 and 2016 (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 National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA) compared to Greater Sydney shows that there was a similar proportion of people who reported needing assistance with core activities.

Overall, 5.0% 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 National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA) and Greater Sydney were:

  • A larger percentage of persons aged 70 to 74 (13.2% compared to 11.8%)
  • A larger percentage of persons aged 65 to 69 (9.8% compared to 8.5%)
  • A larger percentage of persons aged 60 to 64 (7.8% compared to 6.7%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons aged 85 and over (49.2% compared to 50.4%)

Emerging groups

The major differences in the age groups reporting a need for assistance between 2011 and 2016 in the National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA) were in the age groups:

  • 20 to 59 (+18,258 persons)
  • 10 to 19 (+6,230 persons)
  • 65 to 69 (+6,034 persons)
  • 85 and over (+5,662 persons)

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