Wollondilly Shire CouncilCommunity profile

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Wollondilly Shire

Need for assistance - Introduction

There were 1,625 people with a need for assistance living in Wollondilly Shire 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
Wollondilly Shire - Need for assistance20112006Change
Number%Greater SydneyNumber%Greater Sydney2006 to 2011
Population summary--------------
Age structure--------------
0 - 14 years23214.37.817714.57.2+55
15 - 24 years1147.04.2695.73.9+45
25 - 64 years53733.031.741233.830.6+125
65 years or more74245.756.456146.058.3+181
Total population1,625100.0100.01,219100.0100.0+406
Education institute attending--------------
Primary school1479.14.31058.64.0+42
Secondary school684.22.8494.02.4+19
Tertiary (University and TAFE)311.91.7322.61.5-1
Highest qualification achieved--------------
Other post-school21415.410.313613.19.6+78
No qualification87062.564.467164.563.6+199
Unemployment rate2413.814.41511.813.9+9
Participation rate17412.57.912712.27.6+47
Household income--------------
$599 or less35624.230.2--------
$600 to $199966044.943.2--------
$2000 or more31221.216.7--------
Household type--------------
Couple with children57939.534.540936.932.7+170
Couple without children43629.824.334431.025.7+92
One parent family22215.219.217115.417.5+51
Group household473.23.1222.03.4+25
Lone person household15910.917.414813.419.1+11
Dwelling type--------------
Private dwellings1,45890.982.91,10192.279.9+357
Non-private dwellings1469.117.1937.820.1+53
Housing tenure--------------
Fully owned59040.242.851446.546.6+76
Dwelling structure--------------
Separate house1,36393.570.71,05595.871.7+308
Medium density835.718.4464.217.8+37
High density00.010.300.010.10
Internet connection--------------
Broadband connection96265.558.436332.831.7+599
Car ownership--------------
Access to a motor vehicle1,30989.475.894885.571.1+361
Unpaid childcare--------------
Provided unpaid child care17112.39.611611.28.5+55

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.