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Need for assistance

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167,010 people or 4.3% of the population in the National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA) in 2011, 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)20112006Change
Assistance needed by age group (years)Number% of total age groupGreater Sydney %Number% of total age groupGreater Sydney %2006 to 2011
0 to 43,3661.10.92,5011.00.8+866
5 to 98,4903.02.36,1762.41.7+2,314
10 to 1914,3882.51.99,9571.91.4+4,431
20 to 5952,1172.52.040,8932.21.7+11,224
60 to 6414,4377.66.29,3706.85.2+5,067
65 to 6912,4689.27.77,6297.66.7+4,839
70 to 7412,15412.511.48,41911.110.3+3,736
75 to 7913,11919.018.111,01218.116.0+2,107
80 to 8415,32130.627.712,85431.627.1+2,467
85 and over21,14551.748.415,25950.946.6+5,887

Need for assistance with core activities
National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA) - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Assistance needed by age group (years)Number%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2006 to 2011
Total persons needing assistance167,0104.34.4124,0743.73.8+42,936
Total persons not needing assistance3,484,53390.389.72,990,42490.288.9+494,109
Not stated206,4535.46.0200,1296.07.4+6,324

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

Need for assistance with core activities, 2011
Need for assistance with core activities, 2011 85 and over, Greater Sydney: 48.4% 80 to 84, Greater Sydney: 27.7% 75 to 79, Greater Sydney: 18.1% 70 to 74, Greater Sydney: 11.4% 65 to 69, Greater Sydney: 7.7% 60 to 64, Greater Sydney: 6.2% 20 to 59, Greater Sydney: 2.0% 10 to 19, Greater Sydney: 1.9% 5 to 9, Greater Sydney: 2.3% 0 to 4, Greater Sydney: 0.9% 85 and over, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): 51.7% 80 to 84, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): 30.6% 75 to 79, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): 19.0% 70 to 74, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): 12.5% 65 to 69, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): 9.2% 60 to 64, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): 7.6% 20 to 59, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): 2.5% 10 to 19, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): 2.5% 5 to 9, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): 3.0% 0 to 4, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): 1.1%
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 need for assistance with core activities, 2006 to 2011
Change in need for assistance with core activities, 2006 to 2011 85 and over, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): +5,887 80 to 84, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): +2,467 75 to 79, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): +2,107 70 to 74, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): +3,736 65 to 69, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): +4,839 60 to 64, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): +5,067 20 to 59, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): +11,224 10 to 19, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): +4,431 5 to 9, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): +2,314 0 to 4, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): +866
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 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, 4.3% of the population reported needing assistance with core activities, compared with 4.4% 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 85 and over (51.7% compared to 48.4%)
  • A larger percentage of persons aged 80 to 84 (30.6% compared to 27.7%)
  • A larger percentage of persons aged 65 to 69 (9.2% compared to 7.7%)
  • A larger percentage of persons aged 60 to 64 (7.6% compared to 6.2%)

Emerging groups

The major differences in the age groups reporting a need for assistance between 2006 and 2011 in the National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA) were in the age groups:

  • 20 to 59 (+11,224 persons)
  • 85 and over (+5,887 persons)
  • 60 to 64 (+5,067 persons)
  • 65 to 69 (+4,839 persons)

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