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RDA Northern Territory

Need for assistance

5,766 people or 2.7% of the population in the RDA Northern Territory in 2011, 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)20112006Change
Assistance needed by age group (years)Number% of total age groupGreater Darwin %Number% of total age groupGreater Darwin %2006 to 2011
0 to 41140.10.11210.10.1-7
5 to 92710.10.22190.10.1+52
10 to 194250.20.23200.20.2+105
20 to 592,2111.00.91,8911.00.9+320
60 to 645760.30.24300.20.2+146
65 to 695050.20.23640.20.2+141
70 to 744740.20.23770.20.2+97
75 to 794140.20.23130.20.2+101
80 to 843820.20.23020.20.2+80
85 and over3940.20.22620.10.2+132

Need for assistance with core activities
RDA Northern Territory - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Assistance needed by age group (years)Number%Greater Darwin %Number%Greater Darwin %2006 to 2011
Total persons needing assistance5,7662.72.64,5992.42.4+1,167
Total persons not needing assistance182,15185.985.2164,22886.086.2+17,923
Not stated24,04811.312.322,10211.611.4+1,946

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 Darwin: 0.2% 80 to 84, Greater Darwin: 0.2% 75 to 79, Greater Darwin: 0.2% 70 to 74, Greater Darwin: 0.2% 65 to 69, Greater Darwin: 0.2% 60 to 64, Greater Darwin: 0.2% 20 to 59, Greater Darwin: 0.9% 10 to 19, Greater Darwin: 0.2% 5 to 9, Greater Darwin: 0.2% 0 to 4, Greater Darwin: 0.1% 85 and over, RDA Northern Territory: 0.2% 80 to 84, RDA Northern Territory: 0.2% 75 to 79, RDA Northern Territory: 0.2% 70 to 74, RDA Northern Territory: 0.2% 65 to 69, RDA Northern Territory: 0.2% 60 to 64, RDA Northern Territory: 0.3% 20 to 59, RDA Northern Territory: 1.0% 10 to 19, RDA Northern Territory: 0.2% 5 to 9, RDA Northern Territory: 0.1% 0 to 4, RDA Northern Territory: 0.1%
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 Northern Territory: +132 80 to 84, RDA Northern Territory: +80 75 to 79, RDA Northern Territory: +101 70 to 74, RDA Northern Territory: +97 65 to 69, RDA Northern Territory: +141 60 to 64, RDA Northern Territory: +146 20 to 59, RDA Northern Territory: +320 10 to 19, RDA Northern Territory: +105 5 to 9, RDA Northern Territory: +52 0 to 4, RDA Northern Territory: -7
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 Northern Territory compared to Greater Darwin shows that there was a similar proportion of people who reported needing assistance with core activities.

Overall, 2.7% of the population reported needing assistance with core activities, compared with 2.6% for Greater Darwin.

There were no major differences between RDA Northern Territory and Greater Darwin in 2011.

Emerging groups

The major differences in the age groups reporting a need for assistance between 2006 and 2011 in the RDA Northern Territory were in the age groups:

  • 20 to 59 (+320 persons)
  • 60 to 64 (+146 persons)
  • 65 to 69 (+141 persons)
  • 85 and over (+132 persons)

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