Carers by age and gender

DATE: 18 April 2016

The latest Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) disability data show that almost 2.7 million Australians provided informal care in 2012, with around 770,000 being primary carers.

This infographic breaks down Australia’s carers by age and gender. 

Key facts

  • By the ABS definition, carers in Australia include some children as young as 3 as well as many over 85.
  • Carers in general are more likely to be female, particularly carers aged 30-65. ​

Technical notes

A carer is defined as who has assisted a person with a disability with mobility, communication - or self-care - for more than six months on an informal basis.

A primary carer is defined as someone who has provided the main source of such assistance.

'Disability' is used to mean the broad ABS definition of disability, and includes persons over 65. See the ABS website for details. The data in this infographic concerns carers of persons of any age.


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