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4436.0 - Caring in the Community, Australia, 2009  
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Carers play a vital role in families and the community through supporting the needs of people with a disability, long-term health condition or the elderly. Although some care is provided by formal providers, it is often undertaken informally by friends and family of the recipient. This publication presents information about carers who provide informal assistance with core activities that is ongoing, or likely to be ongoing, for at least six months.

The results in this publication are compiled from the 2009 Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers (SDAC), conducted by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) between April and December 2009. More information about this survey is available in the publication Disability, Ageing and Carers, Australia: Summary of Findings, 2009 (cat. no. 4430.0).


Tables 9, 10, 11, 16 and 19 have been expanded in this second edition to include the data item 'Relationship to main recipient of care'.

Tables 8 and 13 have been included in this second edition.

The data presented in Tables 34, 36 and 38 in the Disability, Ageing and Carers, Australia: Summary of Findings, 2009 (cat. no. 4430.0) data cube for 'Relationship to main recipient of care' were incorrect and will be updated. These tables correspond to Tables 8, 13 and 9 in this Caring in the Community, Australia, 2009 (cat. no. 4436.0) publication where this data is correctly presented.


As estimates have been rounded, discrepancies may occur between sums of the component items and totals.


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