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 2015 there were 2.7 million unpaid carers in Australia [1]
  • Around 856,000 carers (32%) are primary carers, those who provide the most informal assistance to another individual [1]
  • The replacement value of the unpaid care provided in 2015 was $60.3 billion - over $1 billion per week [2]
  • The weekly median income of primary carers aged 15 - 64 was 42% lower than that of non-carers [1]
  • More than two thirds of primary carers are female [1]
  • The average age of a primary carer is 55 [1]
  • 272,000 carers are under the age of 25, which equates to around 1 in 10 [1]
  • Almost all primary carers (96%) care for a family member [1]
  • More than half (55%) of primary carers provide care for at least 20 hours per week [1]
  • 56% of primary carers aged 15 - 64 participate in the workforce, compared to 80% of non-carers [1]
  • It is estimated that carers provided 1.9 billion hours of unpaid care in 2015 [2]

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

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