In Australia, it is estimated that over 1 in 8 Australians (2.86 million people) provide informal care providing 1.9 billon hours of care in 2015.[i] The replacement value for informal carer is estimated at $60.3 billion.[ii]

In South Australia, the ABS estimates that there are 219,000 carers, providing an estimated 64 million hours per year, valued at $3.2 billion.[iii] In South Australia, 77% of these carers live in Adelaide and 23% live in rural SA and over half (56%) are defined as primary carers.[iv]

  • A primary carer is defined as the person who provides the majority of informal care to a care recipient.[v]Most frequently, the primary carer lives with the person they care for, with an estimated 71% of carers living with the person receiving care.[vi]
  • A care recipient refers to the person with whom a carer is providing care.

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the most common reason for a carer becoming the main care provider was because of a sense of family responsibility (63%), followed by a feeling that they could provide better care than anyone else (50%) and a feeling of an emotional obligation to undertake the role (41%).[vii]



[i] Access Economics (2015) The economic value of informal care in Australia in 2015 Deloitte Access Economics And Carers Australia . Available at: http://www.carersaustralia.com.au/storage/access-economics-report-2015.pdf

[ii] Access Economics (2015) The economic value of informal care in Australia in 2015 Deloitte Access Economics And Carers Australia . Available at: http://www.carersaustralia.com.au/storage/access-economics-report-2015.pdf

[iii] Access Economics (2015) The economic value of informal care in Australia in 2015 Deloitte Access Economics And Carers Australia . Available at: http://www.carersaustralia.com.au/storage/access-economics-report-2015.pdf

[iv]  Australian Bureau of Statistics (2013) Disability, Ageing and Carers, Australia: Summary of Findings ABS. Available at: http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/Lookup/07C13530A0B6717DCA257D57001F162A?opendocument

[v] Access Economics (2015) The economic value of informal care in Australia in 2015 Deloitte Access Economics And Carers Australia . Available at: http://www.carersaustralia.com.au/storage/access-economics-report-2015.pdf

[vi] Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2015). Australia’s welfare 2015. Australia’s welfare series no. 12. Cat. no. AUS 189. Canberra: AIHW

[vii] Australian Bureau of Statistics (2013) Disability, Ageing and Carers, Australia: Summary of Findings ABS. Available at: http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/Lookup/07C13530A0B6717DCA257D57001F162A?opendocument

 

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