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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?

5,007 people or 6.3% of the population in Rockhampton in 2016, reported needing help in their day-to-day lives due to disability.

Rockhampton'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. Rockhampton'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
Rockhampton - 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 4871.61.2781.41.0+9
5 to 92875.13.41843.62.5+103
10 to 194404.03.23353.02.4+105
20 to 591,4363.53.01,1602.92.6+276
60 to 643418.16.82767.16.8+65
65 to 693439.48.02548.47.7+89
70 to 7435312.710.527010.710.0+83
75 to 7942819.115.332815.915.0+100
80 to 8450730.725.434621.725.0+161
85 and over70647.345.051138.045.4+195

Need for assistance with core activities
Rockhampton - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Assistance needed by age group (years)Number%Regional QLD %Number%Regional QLD %2011 to 2016
map this data in atlas.idTotal persons needing assistance5,0076.35.53,7424.94.7+1,265
Total persons not needing assistance
68,43185.886.167,12287.488.7+1,309
Not stated
6,2927.98.55,9407.76.6+352

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, Rockhampton: 47.3% 80 to 84, Rockhampton: 30.7% 75 to 79, Rockhampton: 19.1% 70 to 74, Rockhampton: 12.7% 65 to 69, Rockhampton: 9.4% 60 to 64, Rockhampton: 8.1% 20 to 59, Rockhampton: 3.5% 10 to 19, Rockhampton: 4.0% 5 to 9, Rockhampton: 5.1% 0 to 4, Rockhampton: 1.6%
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, Rockhampton: +195 80 to 84, Rockhampton: +161 75 to 79, Rockhampton: +100 70 to 74, Rockhampton: +83 65 to 69, Rockhampton: +89 60 to 64, Rockhampton: +65 20 to 59, Rockhampton: +276 10 to 19, Rockhampton: +105 5 to 9, Rockhampton: +103 0 to 4, Rockhampton: +9
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 Rockhampton compared to Regional QLD shows that there was a higher proportion of people who reported needing assistance with core activities.

Overall, 6.3% of the population reported needing assistance with core activities, compared with 5.5% for Regional QLD.

The major differences in the age groups reporting a need for assistance in Rockhampton and Regional QLD were:

  • A larger percentage of persons aged 80 to 84 (30.7% compared to 25.4%)
  • A larger percentage of persons aged 75 to 79 (19.1% compared to 15.3%)
  • A larger percentage of persons aged 85 and over (47.3% compared to 45.0%)
  • A larger percentage of persons aged 70 to 74 (12.7% compared to 10.5%)

Emerging groups

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

  • 20 to 59 (+276 persons)
  • 85 and over (+195 persons)
  • 80 to 84 (+161 persons)
  • 10 to 19 (+105 persons)

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