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86,510 people or 5.1% of the population in the WSROC Region in 2011, 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.

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)20112006Change
Assistance needed by age group (years)Number% of total age groupGreater Sydney %Number% of total age groupGreater Sydney %2006 to 2011
0 to 41,2921.00.91,0420.90.8+250
5 to 92,9462.52.32,2261.91.7+720
10 to 194,8052.11.93,4291.51.4+1,375
20 to 5926,6582.82.019,8242.31.7+6,834
60 to 647,3718.96.24,9097.65.2+2,462
65 to 696,60511.17.74,6939.46.7+1,912
70 to 747,10015.611.45,61713.810.3+1,484
75 to 798,18423.318.17,19220.716.0+992
80 to 849,20333.927.78,19132.927.1+1,012
85 and over12,34252.648.49,26351.446.6+3,079

Need for assistance with core activities
WSROC Region - Total persons (Usual residence)20112006Change
Assistance needed by age group (years)Number%Greater Sydney %Number%Greater Sydney %2006 to 2011
Total persons needing assistance86,5105.14.466,3904.23.8+20,120
Total persons not needing assistance1,504,83988.989.71,399,00189.088.9+105,838
Not stated101,3976.06.0107,2426.87.4-5,845

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 Sydney: 48.4% 80 to 84, Greater Sydney: 27.7% 75 to 79, Greater Sydney: 18.1% 70 to 74, Greater Sydney: 11.4% 65 to 69, Greater Sydney: 7.7% 60 to 64, Greater Sydney: 6.2% 20 to 59, Greater Sydney: 2.0% 10 to 19, Greater Sydney: 1.9% 5 to 9, Greater Sydney: 2.3% 0 to 4, Greater Sydney: 0.9% 85 and over, WSROC Region: 52.6% 80 to 84, WSROC Region: 33.9% 75 to 79, WSROC Region: 23.3% 70 to 74, WSROC Region: 15.6% 65 to 69, WSROC Region: 11.1% 60 to 64, WSROC Region: 8.9% 20 to 59, WSROC Region: 2.8% 10 to 19, WSROC Region: 2.1% 5 to 9, WSROC Region: 2.5% 0 to 4, WSROC Region: 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, WSROC Region: +3,079 80 to 84, WSROC Region: +1,012 75 to 79, WSROC Region: +992 70 to 74, WSROC Region: +1,484 65 to 69, WSROC Region: +1,912 60 to 64, WSROC Region: +2,462 20 to 59, WSROC Region: +6,834 10 to 19, WSROC Region: +1,375 5 to 9, WSROC Region: +720 0 to 4, WSROC Region: +250
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 WSROC Region compared to Greater Sydney shows that there was a higher proportion of people who reported needing assistance with core activities.

Overall, 5.1% of the population reported needing assistance with core activities, compared with 4.4% 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 80 to 84 (33.9% compared to 27.7%)
  • A larger percentage of persons aged 75 to 79 (23.3% compared to 18.1%)
  • A larger percentage of persons aged 70 to 74 (15.6% compared to 11.4%)
  • A larger percentage of persons aged 85 and over (52.6% compared to 48.4%)

Emerging groups

The major differences in the age groups reporting a need for assistance between 2006 and 2011 in the WSROC Region were in the age groups:

  • 20 to 59 (+6,834 persons)
  • 85 and over (+3,079 persons)
  • 60 to 64 (+2,462 persons)
  • 65 to 69 (+1,912 persons)

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