Unpaid Assistance to a Person with a Disability (UNCAREP)

This variable records people who, in the two weeks prior to Census Night, spent time providing unpaid care, help or assistance to family members or others because of a disability, long term illness or problems related to old age. This includes people who are in receipt of a Carer Allowance or Carer Payment but does not include work done through a voluntary organisation or group.

Questions on unpaid work, including unpaid assistance to a person with a disability, were first asked for the 2006 Census. These questions were repeated for 2011. More information on the question design can be found in the Measures of Unpaid Work fact sheet.

The non-response rate for Unpaid Assistance to a Person with a Disability (UNCAREP) was 8.5% (10.1% in 2006). More information is available from the 2011 Census non-response quality statement.

The responses to this question are captured automatically from mark box responses on the form so the risk of processing error is minimal. Sample checks are undertaken to ensure an acceptable level of quality. In a small proportion of cases (less than 0.1%), respondents provided an incorrect combination of responses. This occurred when a 'No' response was marked together with the 'Yes' response. In these cases the 'Yes' response is retained and the 'No' response rejected.

Additional sources of information regarding caring can be found in other ABS publications and associated collections. Refer to the Disability and Carers home page on the ABS website.

More information on UNCAREP is available in the 2011 Census Dictionary (cat. no. 2901.0).

Question 49 as it appeared on the 2011 Census Household Form

Image of question 49 from the 2011 Census
A text only version of this question is also available


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