Almost 2.7 million Australians are informal carers and one in 10 carers is under the age of 25, new figures out this week have revealed.
In a statement marking National Carers Week, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) said that results from the 2015 Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers also show that primary carers are more likely than non-carers to live with disability.
“Over one-third of primary carers reported having disability themselves, compared with around one in six non-carers,” said ABS spokesperson Justine Boland.
“Almost one in five Australians, or 4.3 million people, was living with disability in 2015. This represents 18.3 per cent of the population,” she said.
The survey defines disability as any limitation, restriction or impairment which restricts everyday activities and has lasted, or is likely to last, for at least six months.
Australians with disability aged between 15 and 64 had lower rates of participation in the labour force (53.4 per cent) compared with those without disability (83.2 per cent), a level which has remained steady since 2012.
Further information is available in Disability, Ageing and Carers, Australia: Summary of Findings.
National Carers Week (16-22 October) recognises the need to provide support and share the load of care for Australia’s 2.8 million carers to maintain their own health and wellbeing.