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Unpaid aged and disabled care across Australia

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The level of domiciliary (or in-home) care 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, the need for in-home support, or support for the carers themselves. The level and amount of care provided by unpaid individuals is likely to be affected by household income and the ethnic background of the community or family. Unpaid aged and disabled care is mostly provided by close friends or family, and can also be an indicator of the level of community cohesiveness.

This FACT indicates the proportion of people providing unpaid care for the aged and disabled in each Australian city in 2011. Data for Canberra was not available.

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Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2011

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