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Need for assistance - Introduction

There were 5,117 people with a need for assistance living in Rockhampton in 2011.

People with a disability are an important and sometimes disadvantaged population group often in need of specific services provided by local and state government. Their living arrangements may differ markedly from the rest of the population.

Information was collected in the 2006 and 2011 Censuses about each respondent’s “need for assistance” with either “self-care”, “body movement” or “communication” activities (very young children who obviously require this assistance due only to their age are filtered out of the data).

Unfortunately the data was not considered high enough quality to release information on the three types of assistance separately, so the only information available is whether or not a person needs assistance. It is still possible to look at other characteristics of these people, however, which is provided in this profile.

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).

People needing assistance

Key statistics
Rockhampton - Need for assistance20112006Change
Number%Brisbane SDNumber%Brisbane SD2006 to 2011
Population summary--------------
Age structure--------------
0 - 14 years58711.55.143610.34.8+151
15 - 24 years3106.12.92335.52.7+77
25 - 64 years1,87436.616.81,49035.217.0+384
65 years or more2,34645.825.12,06848.925.5+278
Total population5,117100.050.04,227100.050.0+890
Education institute attending--------------
Primary school3546.93.12686.32.8+86
Secondary school1883.71.71082.61.4+80
Tertiary (University and TAFE)621.20.9661.60.9-4
Highest qualification achieved--------------
Other post-school59813.212.742011.111.3+178
No qualification2,90964.062.72,41063.762.9+499
Unemployment rate5413.315.76520.613.2-11
Participation rate4068.99.73158.39.3+91
Household income--------------
$599 or less1,49233.428.9--------
$600 to $19992,06946.448.0--------
$2000 or more4169.313.8--------
Household type--------------
Couple with children1,22127.831.295527.330.1+266
Couple without children1,31429.927.91,12832.228.6+186
One parent family83219.018.660117.217.4+231
Group household1443.33.81283.74.1+16
Lone person household83419.017.864218.318.3+192
Dwelling type--------------
Private dwellings4,49286.642.03,58583.941.6+907
Non-private dwellings69813.48.068716.18.4+11
Housing tenure--------------
Fully owned1,88442.140.51,59444.944.6+290
Dwelling structure--------------
Separate house3,85385.882.93,09486.383.8+759
Medium density48910.913.73499.713.2+140
High density130.32.700.02.3+13
Internet connection--------------
Broadband connection2,44454.763.477821.834.6+1,666
Car ownership--------------
Access to a motor vehicle3,66681.480.82,88180.977.7+785
Unpaid childcare--------------
Provided unpaid child care46010.110.237910.09.8+81

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, Census of Population and Housing 2006 and 2011. Compiled and presented by .id , the population experts.

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Data notes

Please note that for household topics (including household type, household income), people with a disability counted in non-private dwellings such as hostels for the disabled were excluded – these topics only apply to those counted in private dwellings.