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Need for assistance

8,042 people or 5.2% of the population in the City of Whittlesea in 2011, reported needing help in their day-to-day lives due to disability.

The City of Whittlesea'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 City of Whittlesea'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
City of Whittlesea - Persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Assistance needed by age group (years)Number% of total age groupGreater Melbourne %Number% of total age groupGreater Melbourne %2006 to 2011
0 to 41121.01.0660.80.8+46
5 to 92822.62.51762.02.0+106
10 to 194192.12.02661.41.5+153
20 to 592,2972.62.01,9482.71.8+349
60 to 647139.66.14598.85.6+254
65 to 6969713.17.844810.86.9+249
70 to 7479419.011.654816.310.7+246
75 to 7990527.318.758425.016.9+321
80 to 8489541.628.954039.627.9+355
85 and over92860.248.452959.646.9+399

Need for assistance with core activities
City of Whittlesea - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Assistance needed by age group (years)Number%Greater Melbourne %Number%Greater Melbourne %2006 to 2011
map this data in atlas.idTotal persons needing assistance8,0425.24.55,5644.54.0+2,478
Total persons not needing assistance
139,60390.190.3112,82690.589.7+26,777
Not stated
7,2314.75.26,2565.06.3+975

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 Melbourne: 48.4% 80 to 84, Greater Melbourne: 28.9% 75 to 79, Greater Melbourne: 18.7% 70 to 74, Greater Melbourne: 11.6% 65 to 69, Greater Melbourne: 7.8% 60 to 64, Greater Melbourne: 6.1% 20 to 59, Greater Melbourne: 2.0% 10 to 19, Greater Melbourne: 2.0% 5 to 9, Greater Melbourne: 2.5% 0 to 4, Greater Melbourne: 1.0% 85 and over, City of Whittlesea: 60.2% 80 to 84, City of Whittlesea: 41.6% 75 to 79, City of Whittlesea: 27.3% 70 to 74, City of Whittlesea: 19.0% 65 to 69, City of Whittlesea: 13.1% 60 to 64, City of Whittlesea: 9.6% 20 to 59, City of Whittlesea: 2.6% 10 to 19, City of Whittlesea: 2.1% 5 to 9, City of Whittlesea: 2.6% 0 to 4, City of Whittlesea: 1.0%
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, City of Whittlesea: +399 80 to 84, City of Whittlesea: +355 75 to 79, City of Whittlesea: +321 70 to 74, City of Whittlesea: +246 65 to 69, City of Whittlesea: +249 60 to 64, City of Whittlesea: +254 20 to 59, City of Whittlesea: +349 10 to 19, City of Whittlesea: +153 5 to 9, City of Whittlesea: +106 0 to 4, City of Whittlesea: +46
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 City of Whittlesea compared to Greater Melbourne shows that there was a higher proportion of people who reported needing assistance with core activities.

Overall, 5.2% of the population reported needing assistance with core activities, compared with 4.5% for Greater Melbourne.

The major differences in the age groups reporting a need for assistance in the City of Whittlesea and Greater Melbourne were:

  • A larger percentage of persons aged 80 to 84 (41.6% compared to 28.9%)
  • A larger percentage of persons aged 85 and over (60.2% compared to 48.4%)
  • A larger percentage of persons aged 75 to 79 (27.3% compared to 18.7%)
  • A larger percentage of persons aged 70 to 74 (19.0% compared to 11.6%)

Emerging groups

The major differences in the age groups reporting a need for assistance between 2006 and 2011 in the City of Whittlesea were in the age groups:

  • 85 and over (+399 persons)
  • 80 to 84 (+355 persons)
  • 20 to 59 (+349 persons)
  • 75 to 79 (+321 persons)

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