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Women continue to be main carer for people with a disability
In 2012, most primary carers of people with a disability were female (536,700 females compared to 233,100 males). There has been no significant change since 2009 in the number of male or female primary carers of people with disabilities.
In 2012, male primary carers were predominantly caring for partners (65%), followed by a parent (22%). Similar proportions of female carers were caring for partners (34%) and a parent (32%), followed by a child (25%).
The majority of males and females providing primary care to people with a disability are not in the labour force (57% and 59% respectively). Of those employed, male carers are more likely to work full time (27%) than part time (11%), and females more likely to work part time (24%) than full time (15%).
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