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Unpaid care

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In the National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA) there were 392,165 carers providing unpaid assistance to a person with a disability, long term illness or old age in 2016.

The proportion of people providing unpaid care for the aged and disabled in the National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA) 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
National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA) - Persons aged 15+ (Usual residence)20162011Change
Assistance to a person with a disability, long term illness or old ageNumber%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2011 to 2016
Provided unpaid assistance392,16511.211.1319,28510.610.8+72,879
No unpaid assistance provided2,829,88280.680.92,445,93081.380.5+383,952
Not stated286,9188.28.0243,2898.18.7+43,628

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2011 and 2016. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

Unpaid care, 2016
Unpaid care, 2016 Not stated, Greater Sydney: 8.0% No unpaid assistance provided, Greater Sydney: 80.9% Provided unpaid assistance, Greater Sydney: 11.1% Not stated, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): 8.2% No unpaid assistance provided, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): 80.6% Provided unpaid assistance, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): 11.2%
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 unpaid care, 2011 to 2016
Change in unpaid care, 2011 to 2016 Not stated, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): +43,628 No unpaid assistance provided, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): +383,952 Provided unpaid assistance, National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA): +72,879
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 unpaid care provided by the population in the National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA) in 2016 compared to Greater Sydney shows that there was a similar proportion of people who provided unpaid care either to family members or others.

Overall, 11.2% of the population provided unpaid care, compared with 11.1% for Greater Sydney.

Emerging groups

The number of people who provided unpaid assistance to a person with a disability, long term illness or old age in the National Growth Areas Alliance (NGAA) increased by 72,880 between 2011 and 2016.

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