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Wollondilly Shire

Life-stages - Unpaid care

In 2011, there were 86 carers aged 15 to 17 years in Wollondilly Shire providing unpaid assistance to a person with a disability, long term illness or old age.

The proportion of people providing unpaid care for the aged and disabled in Wollondilly Shire can be an important indicator of the level of demand for aged care services and facilities by local and state governments. An increasing proportion of carers among the population may indicate inadequate aged care provision, or the need for in-home support, or support for the carers themselves.

Different age groups may provide different levels of care. Caring is likely to be highest among those in their 30s, caring for special needs children, and those in their 50s, caring for elderly parents.

Derived from the Census question:

'In the last two weeks did the person spend time providing unpaid care, help or assistance to family members or others because of a disability, a long term illness or problems related to old age?'.

People aged 15 to 17 years

Unpaid care
Wollondilly Shire - 15 to 17 years20112006Change
Provided unpaid assistance864.44.2613.03.8+25
No unpaid assistance provided1,61581.982.31,63380.579.1-18
Not stated27113.713.533416.517.2-63

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

Unpaid care, 2011
Unpaid care, 2011 Not stated, New South Wales: 13.5% No unpaid assistance provided, New South Wales: 82.3% Provided unpaid assistance, New South Wales: 4.2% Not stated, Wollondilly Shire: 13.7% No unpaid assistance provided, Wollondilly Shire: 81.9% Provided unpaid assistance, Wollondilly Shire: 4.4%
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 unpaid care, 2006 to 2011
Change in unpaid care, 2006 to 2011 Not stated, Wollondilly Shire: -63 No unpaid assistance provided, Wollondilly Shire: -18 Provided unpaid assistance, Wollondilly Shire: +25
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 unpaid care provided by people aged 15 to 17 years in Wollondilly Shire in 2011 compared to New South Wales shows that there was a similar proportion of persons who provided unpaid care either to family members or others.

Overall, 4.4% of the population aged 15 to 17 years provided unpaid care, compared with 4.2% for New South Wales.

Emerging groups

The number of people aged 15 to 17 years who provided unpaid assistance to a person with a disability, long term illness or old age in Wollondilly Shire increased by 25 people between 2006 and 2011.

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