4430.0 - Disability, Ageing and Carers, Australia: Summary of Findings, 2012 Quality Declaration 
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Of the many reasons primary carers reported for taking on the role of the main informal care provider, the most common was a sense of family responsibility (63%). The next most common reason was a feeling they could provide better care than anybody else (50%), followed by a feeling of emotional obligation to undertake the role (41%). When the person being cared for was an older person it was more likely that no other friends or family were available to take on the caring role (32% compared with 22% for recipients aged less than 64 years). (Table 43 or Graph 8)

Graph Image for Graph 8 - Primary carers, Reasons for taking on carer role, by age

Footnote(s): (a) Proportions have been calculated excluding the 'not stated' responses

Source(s): ABS Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers, Australia: Summary of Findings-2012

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