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Need for assistance

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86,166 people or 5.7% of the population in the WSROC Region in 2016, reported needing help in their day-to-day lives due to disability.

The WSROC Region'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 WSROC Region'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.

Due to changes in ABS rules concerning perturbation and additivity of data to protect the confidentiality of individuals in 2016, counts of individual age groups with a need for assistance in 2016 may not add up to the table total. The table total is independently calculated and will be closer to the true population requiring assistance. Due to ABS adjustments of small numbers, no reliability can be placed on small data cells in 2016. For more information please see the data notes on Data Confidentiality.

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
WSROC Region - Persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Assistance needed by age group (years)Number% of total age groupGreater Sydney %Number% of total age groupGreater Sydney %2011 to 2016
0 to 41,3591.21.11,0621.00.9+297
5 to 93,3523.12.82,4512.62.3+900
10 to 195,4892.82.54,0412.11.9+1,448
20 to 5926,0123.12.221,4132.82.0+4,598
60 to 647,0519.46.75,8608.76.2+1,191
65 to 697,65012.18.55,24311.07.7+2,407
70 to 747,23916.511.85,48315.411.4+1,755
75 to 797,74024.418.76,21423.318.1+1,525
80 to 847,98736.529.96,90434.627.7+1,082
85 and over12,30757.050.49,31553.748.4+2,992

Need for assistance with core activities
WSROC Region - Total persons (Usual residence)20162011Change
Assistance needed by age group (years)Number%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2011 to 2016
Total persons needing assistance86,1665.74.967,9905.04.4+18,176
Total persons not needing assistance1,337,88088.088.71,225,24389.289.7+112,637
Not stated95,8516.36.479,7115.86.0+16,140

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, Greater Sydney: 50.4% 80 to 84, Greater Sydney: 29.9% 75 to 79, Greater Sydney: 18.7% 70 to 74, Greater Sydney: 11.8% 65 to 69, Greater Sydney: 8.5% 60 to 64, Greater Sydney: 6.7% 20 to 59, Greater Sydney: 2.2% 10 to 19, Greater Sydney: 2.5% 5 to 9, Greater Sydney: 2.8% 0 to 4, Greater Sydney: 1.1% 85 and over, WSROC Region: 57.0% 80 to 84, WSROC Region: 36.5% 75 to 79, WSROC Region: 24.4% 70 to 74, WSROC Region: 16.5% 65 to 69, WSROC Region: 12.1% 60 to 64, WSROC Region: 9.4% 20 to 59, WSROC Region: 3.1% 10 to 19, WSROC Region: 2.8% 5 to 9, WSROC Region: 3.1% 0 to 4, WSROC Region: 1.2%
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, WSROC Region: +2,992 80 to 84, WSROC Region: +1,082 75 to 79, WSROC Region: +1,525 70 to 74, WSROC Region: +1,755 65 to 69, WSROC Region: +2,407 60 to 64, WSROC Region: +1,191 20 to 59, WSROC Region: +4,598 10 to 19, WSROC Region: +1,448 5 to 9, WSROC Region: +900 0 to 4, WSROC Region: +297
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 the WSROC Region compared to Greater Sydney shows that there was a higher proportion of people who reported needing assistance with core activities.

Overall, 5.7% of the population reported needing assistance with core activities, compared with 4.9% for Greater Sydney.

The major differences in the age groups reporting a need for assistance in the WSROC Region and Greater Sydney were:

  • A larger percentage of persons aged 85 and over (57.0% compared to 50.4%)
  • A larger percentage of persons aged 80 to 84 (36.5% compared to 29.9%)
  • A larger percentage of persons aged 75 to 79 (24.4% compared to 18.7%)
  • A larger percentage of persons aged 70 to 74 (16.5% compared to 11.8%)

Emerging groups

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

  • 20 to 59 (+4,598 persons)
  • 85 and over (+2,992 persons)
  • 65 to 69 (+2,407 persons)
  • 70 to 74 (+1,755 persons)

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