Statistics

ABS surveys and other sources have shed light on carers in Australia. By better understanding carers' characteristics and demographics, we are better able to advocate on their behalf and provide advice to support them. 

Some quick statistics:

  • In 2012 there were 2.7 million unpaid carers in Australia [1]
  • 770,000 carers (28.6%) are primary carers, those who provide the most informal assistance to another individual [1]
  • Females make up the majority of carers, representing 69.7% of promary carers and 56.1% of all carers [1]
  • In 2012 around 304,900 carers were less than 25 years old; 683,700 were aged 25 to 44 years; 1.1 million were aged 45 to 64; and 580,000 were aged 65 years and over [1]
  • In 2012 there were 74,900 carers aged less than 15 years and a further 231,200 carers aged 15 to 24, making up 2.8% and 8.6% of all carers in Australia [1]
  • In 2012, 674,300 carers (25.7%) were born overseas [1]
  • Of the 1.9 million co-resident carers in 2012, 45.5% were the partner of the person they cared for, 20% cared for a parent, 23.4% cared for a child and 4.2% cared for a sibling [1]
  • In 2012, 38.9% of primary carers report spending, on average, 40 hours or more per week caring. 19.5% spend between 20 and 40 hours [1]
  • 27% of primary carers have been caring for 10 to 24 years, a further 7% have been in the caring role for 25 years or more [1]
  • The labour force participation rate of carers aged 15 years and over is 56.3% compared with 69.3% of non-carers [1]
  • The estimated replacement value of unpaid care provided in 2015 is $60.3 billion - over $1 billion per week, or 3.8% of Gross Domestic Product [2]
  • It is estimated that carers will provide 1.9 billion hours of unpaid care in 2015 [2]

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[1] Australian Bureau of Statistics (2012) Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers.
[2] Deloitte Access Economics (2015) The Economic Value of Informal Care in Australia 2015.

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