Some children and young people take on caring responsibilities for members of their household with short- or long-term illness or disability. The 2016 Census data indicate that 5% of 15 to 19 year olds in South Australia provided unpaid assistance to another person with disability. Similar data from the 2016 Census for carers under 15 years are not being collected/available.
In regional/rural South Australia the region with the highest proportion of young carers in 2016 was the region of ‘Outback – North and East’ (8%). In metropolitan Adelaide the regions of Playford, Salisbury and Port Adelaide had 6% of young carers (15 to 19 years) each.
Household advantage and disadvantage
The Australia Bureau of Statistics has created an experimental index of household advantage and disadvantage. This socioeconomic measure is based on the characteristics of dwellings and the people living in them.
In South Australia, 17% of young people lived in households that are the most disadvantaged and 33% in the most advantaged in 2016, compared to 14% and 38% Australia-wide.
In the Port Lincoln – Ceduna and Port Augusta regions two-thirds (67%) of Aboriginal young people lived in the most disadvantaged households in 2016.
More citizenship snapshots
- Civics and citizenship
- Financial security
- Life satisfaction
- Average hours worked
- Young people participating in volunteering
- Enrolled to vote
- VET for schools
- Young people who commenced an apprenticeship/ traineeship
- Young people who have a drivers licence