Reasons for taking on the role of primary carer

DATE: 18 April 2016

Approximately two percent of Australians are primary carers for a person with disability under 65.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics 2012 Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers asked primary carers about their reasons for taking on that role. 

This infographic shows the proportion who endorsed each reason. 

Key facts

  • The most common reasons were a sense of family responsibility, believing they could provide the best care, and emotional obligation (60 percent, 50 percent and 40 percent respectively).
  • Interestingly, the cost of alternative care was only cited by 20 percent.​​

Technical notes

'Disability' is used to mean the broad ABS definition of disability, and includes persons over 65. See the ABS website for details. 

However the data in this infographic concern carers of persons under 65 years-of-age.

A primary carer is defined as someone who has provided the main source of assistance to a person with disability, because of that disability, and done so for more than six months on an informal basis.


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