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Primary carers (a) by relationship to main recipient of care and reasons for taking on caring role, Queensland, 2003, 2009, 2012, 2015

Relationship to main recipient of care Reasons for taking on caring role Year
2003 2009 2012 2015
— % —
Partner Could provide better care 44.5 51.0 56.4 60.1
Family responsibility 48.3 52.7 58.1 59.9
No other family or friends available *20.0 15.1 22.8 37.3
No other family or friends willing 8.0 *6.9 *11.4 *17.3
Emotional obligation 31.9 33.9 39.5 50.0
Alternative care too costly 21.0 18.3 23.9 27.1
No other care arrangements available *8.4 9.8 *11.4 **20.8
Had no other choice *20.8 18.5 15.2 25.9
Other reason or not stated *15.6 11.7 *7.2 **3.9
Total (b) 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
     
Child Could provide better care *25.9 34.9 34.6 53.5
Family responsibility 72.9 79.7 78.6 73.7
No other family or friends available *31.6 31.5 33.6 31.7
No other family or friends willing *17.8 *15.1 *20.8 27.0
Emotional obligation *41.7 31.4 40.9 48.4
Alternative care too costly *13.0 *11.2 *27.2 *13.5
No other care arrangements available **4.9 n.a. *18.9 **4.6
Had no other choice *10.9 *8.0 *21.2 **11.8
Other reason or not stated **7.3 **4.7 **6.6 **5.2
Total (b) 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
     
Parent, other relative or friend Could provide better care 47.0 32.5 45.6 49.9
Family responsibility 63.1 51.2 68.8 58.1
No other family or friends available *24.3 24.0 *20.9 24.4
No other family or friends willing *20.2 21.6 22.7 24.2
Emotional obligation 30.6 35.6 50.0 40.5
Alternative care too costly *10.7 16.6 *22.9 26.1
No other care arrangements available *10.7 n.a. *14.6 27.4
Had no other choice *11.5 23.8 30.8 38.1
Other reason or not stated *13.9 14.6 *17.5 20.3
Total (b) 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
     
Total Could provide better care 41.3 41.6 48.5 53.9
Family responsibility 58.7 57.3 61.1 58.6
No other family or friends available 23.9 21.3 23.6 33.4
No other family or friends willing 14.3 13.4 15.5 23.3
Emotional obligation 33.8 34.0 42.0 46.6
Alternative care too costly 15.8 16.4 21.3 23.2
No other care arrangements available *8.4 10.3 12.2 17.8
Had no other choice 15.6 18.3 19.0 25.7
Other reason or not stated 13.3 11.3 7.0 10.9
Total (b) 100.0 100.0 100.0 100.0
n.a.  = not available for publication but included in totals where applicable
    
* estimate has a relative standard error of 25% to 50% and should be used with caution
** estimate has a relative standard error greater than 50% and is considered too unreliable for general use
    
(a) Aged 15 years and over.
(b) Total may be less than the sum of the components as persons may have more than one reason for taking on their caring role.
    
Source: ABS 4430.0, Disability, Ageing and Carers, Australia: Summary of Findings, 2003, 2009, 2012 and 2015.
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Last reviewed 18 January 2017