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Need for assistance

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This topic has been updated with 2016 Census data for the LGA or other primary area only. What's this?

6,855 people or 3.0% of the population in the RDA Northern Territory in 2016, reported needing help in their day-to-day lives due to disability.

The RDA Northern Territory'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 Northern Territory'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 Northern Territory - Persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Assistance needed by age group (years)Number% of total age groupGreater Darwin %Number% of total age groupGreater Darwin %2011 to 2016
0 to 41460.81.01140.70.8+32
5 to 93261.92.42711.62.2+55
10 to 196012.12.64251.41.6+176
20 to 592,4741.81.52,2111.71.4+263
60 to 646185.95.15766.34.9+42
65 to 696448.77.25059.57.7+139
70 to 7458913.711.847414.512.1+115
75 to 7950820.220.641423.922.1+94
80 to 8445035.833.938234.935.2+68
85 and over46653.055.839455.758.9+72

Need for assistance with core activities
RDA Northern Territory - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Assistance needed by age group (years)Number%Greater Darwin %Number%Greater Darwin %2011 to 2016
Total persons needing assistance6,8553.02.95,7662.72.6+1,089
Total persons not needing assistance190,03883.084.6182,15185.985.2+7,887
Not stated31,94314.012.524,04811.312.3+7,895

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 Darwin: 55.8% 80 to 84, Greater Darwin: 33.9% 75 to 79, Greater Darwin: 20.6% 70 to 74, Greater Darwin: 11.8% 65 to 69, Greater Darwin: 7.2% 60 to 64, Greater Darwin: 5.1% 20 to 59, Greater Darwin: 1.5% 10 to 19, Greater Darwin: 2.6% 5 to 9, Greater Darwin: 2.4% 0 to 4, Greater Darwin: 1.0% 85 and over, RDA Northern Territory: 53.0% 80 to 84, RDA Northern Territory: 35.8% 75 to 79, RDA Northern Territory: 20.2% 70 to 74, RDA Northern Territory: 13.7% 65 to 69, RDA Northern Territory: 8.7% 60 to 64, RDA Northern Territory: 5.9% 20 to 59, RDA Northern Territory: 1.8% 10 to 19, RDA Northern Territory: 2.1% 5 to 9, RDA Northern Territory: 1.9% 0 to 4, RDA Northern Territory: 0.8%
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 Northern Territory: +72 80 to 84, RDA Northern Territory: +68 75 to 79, RDA Northern Territory: +94 70 to 74, RDA Northern Territory: +115 65 to 69, RDA Northern Territory: +139 60 to 64, RDA Northern Territory: +42 20 to 59, RDA Northern Territory: +263 10 to 19, RDA Northern Territory: +176 5 to 9, RDA Northern Territory: +55 0 to 4, RDA Northern Territory: +32
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 Northern Territory compared to Greater Darwin shows that there was a similar proportion of people who reported needing assistance with core activities.

Overall, 3.0% of the population reported needing assistance with core activities, compared with 2.9% for Greater Darwin.

The major differences in the age groups reporting a need for assistance in the RDA Northern Territory and Greater Darwin were:

  • A larger percentage of persons aged 70 to 74 (13.7% compared to 11.8%)
  • A larger percentage of persons aged 80 to 84 (35.8% compared to 33.9%)
  • A larger percentage of persons aged 65 to 69 (8.7% compared to 7.2%)
  • A smaller percentage of persons aged 85 and over (53.0% compared to 55.8%)

Emerging groups

The major differences in the age groups reporting a need for assistance between 2011 and 2016 in the RDA Northern Territory were in the age groups:

  • 20 to 59 (+263 persons)
  • 10 to 19 (+176 persons)
  • 65 to 69 (+139 persons)
  • 70 to 74 (+115 persons)

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