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RDA Darling Downs and South West Region

Need for assistance

12,627 people or 5.0% of the population in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region in 2011, 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)20112006Change
Assistance needed by age group (years)Number% of total age groupRegional QLD %Number% of total age groupRegional QLD %2006 to 2011
0 to 41961.11.01480.90.8+48
5 to 94682.62.53622.12.0+105
10 to 198992.52.46751.91.8+224
20 to 593,8343.02.63,2722.72.4+562
60 to 641,0657.16.87246.06.2+341
65 to 698937.37.76186.36.2+275
70 to 748619.010.07148.98.5+147
75 to 7999713.815.096514.414.4+32
80 to 841,28923.725.01,26226.625.9+27
85 and over2,12543.945.42,09551.646.7+30

Need for assistance with core activities
RDA Darling Downs and South West Region - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Assistance needed by age group (years)Number%Regional QLD %Number%Regional QLD %2006 to 2011
Total persons needing assistance12,6275.04.710,8364.64.1+1,791
Total persons not needing assistance225,77289.388.7213,91690.388.8+11,855
Not stated14,5395.76.612,1195.17.1+2,420

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, Regional QLD: 45.4% 80 to 84, Regional QLD: 25.0% 75 to 79, Regional QLD: 15.0% 70 to 74, Regional QLD: 10.0% 65 to 69, Regional QLD: 7.7% 60 to 64, Regional QLD: 6.8% 20 to 59, Regional QLD: 2.6% 10 to 19, Regional QLD: 2.4% 5 to 9, Regional QLD: 2.5% 0 to 4, Regional QLD: 1.0% 85 and over, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 43.9% 80 to 84, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 23.7% 75 to 79, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 13.8% 70 to 74, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 9.0% 65 to 69, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 7.3% 60 to 64, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 7.1% 20 to 59, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 3.0% 10 to 19, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 2.5% 5 to 9, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 2.6% 0 to 4, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: 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, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +30 80 to 84, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +27 75 to 79, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +32 70 to 74, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +147 65 to 69, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +275 60 to 64, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +341 20 to 59, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +562 10 to 19, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +224 5 to 9, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +105 0 to 4, RDA Darling Downs and South West Region: +48
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 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, 5.0% of the population reported needing assistance with core activities, compared with 4.7% for Regional QLD.

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

  • A smaller percentage of persons aged 85 and over (43.9% compared to 45.4%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons aged 80 to 84 (23.7% compared to 25.0%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons aged 75 to 79 (13.8% compared to 15.0%)

Emerging groups

The major differences in the age groups reporting a need for assistance between 2006 and 2011 in the RDA Darling Downs and South West Region were in the age groups:

  • 20 to 59 (+562 persons)
  • 60 to 64 (+341 persons)
  • 65 to 69 (+275 persons)
  • 10 to 19 (+224 persons)

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