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RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

Need for assistance

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15,221 people or 5.8% of the population in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region in 2016, reported needing help in their day-to-day lives due to disability.

The RDA Darling Downs and South West Region'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 RDA Darling Downs and South West Region'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.

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
RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Assistance needed by age group (years)Number% of total age groupRegional QLD %Number% of total age groupRegional QLD %2011 to 2016
0 to 41931.11.21961.11.0-3
5 to 96673.53.44682.62.5+199
10 to 191,1753.43.28992.52.4+276
20 to 594,3353.33.03,8343.02.6+501
60 to 641,0846.96.81,0657.16.8+19
65 to 691,2238.28.08937.37.7+330
70 to 741,17810.010.58619.010.0+317
75 to 791,23514.315.399713.815.0+238
80 to 841,41723.525.41,28923.725.0+128
85 and over2,41944.145.02,12543.945.4+294

Need for assistance with core activities
RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Assistance needed by age group (years)Number%Regional QLD %Number%Regional QLD %2011 to 2016
Total persons needing assistance15,2215.85.512,6275.04.7+2,594
Total persons not needing assistance227,35786.186.1225,77289.388.7+1,585
Not stated21,5438.28.514,5395.76.6+7,004

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, Regional QLD: 45.0% 80 to 84, Regional QLD: 25.4% 75 to 79, Regional QLD: 15.3% 70 to 74, Regional QLD: 10.5% 65 to 69, Regional QLD: 8.0% 60 to 64, Regional QLD: 6.8% 20 to 59, Regional QLD: 3.0% 10 to 19, Regional QLD: 3.2% 5 to 9, Regional QLD: 3.4% 0 to 4, Regional QLD: 1.2% 85 and over, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 44.1% 80 to 84, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 23.5% 75 to 79, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 14.3% 70 to 74, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 10.0% 65 to 69, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 8.2% 60 to 64, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 6.9% 20 to 59, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 3.3% 10 to 19, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 3.4% 5 to 9, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 3.5% 0 to 4, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 1.1%
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, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +294 80 to 84, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +128 75 to 79, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +238 70 to 74, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +317 65 to 69, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +330 60 to 64, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +19 20 to 59, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +501 10 to 19, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +276 5 to 9, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +199 0 to 4, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: -3
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 RDA Darling Downs and South West Region compared to Regional QLD shows that there was a similar proportion of people who reported needing assistance with core activities.

Overall, 5.8% of the population reported needing assistance with core activities, compared with 5.5% for Regional QLD.

The major difference in the age groups reporting a need for assistance in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region and Regional QLD is:

  • A smaller percentage of persons aged 80 to 84 (23.5% compared to 25.4%)

Emerging groups

The major differences in the age groups reporting a need for assistance between 2011 and 2016 in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region were in the age groups:

  • 20 to 59 (+501 persons)
  • 65 to 69 (+330 persons)
  • 70 to 74 (+317 persons)
  • 85 and over (+294 persons)

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