For much of the world, the image of the average Australian is probably somewhere between Hugh Jackman, Paul Hogan or Steve Irwin. Handsome, lovable larrikins from the bush (at least Wolverine is in Jackman’s case). While that stereotype shows no sign of getting old, the average Australian is quite different according to recently released census data.
The average Australian is actually a 38-year-old married mother of two. Both her parents were born in Australia and her schooling was completed in year 12. She has a mortgage on a three-bedroom house with her husband and they also own two cars. In a multicultural and diverse country such as Australia, statistics about the average Australian don’t reveal an awful lot about the experience of all Australians but they do provide a starting point for discussing the sort of care needs the average Australian might have.
With two children, statistically there is a probability that at least one of her children will attend some form of approved childcare service if they’re still under the age of 12. According to the Federal Government, 1,242,470 children attended approved child care in 2016, with 54.1% of those in long day care (childcare centres) and 35% attending outside school hours care.
The average Australian, at 38 years of age, will have one or both of her parents nearing retirement age or retired, with the proportion of Australians aged 65+ expected to grow from 14.8 percent in 2017 to 18.7 percent in 2031. Because the number of older Australians requiring aged care is likely to increase dramatically, the average Australian, whose parents are likely from the baby boomer generation, is highly likely to be engaging with an aged care service provider in the next decade on behalf of her parents.
In New South Wales and Victoria, the average Australian would have one parent who was born overseas, meaning they may speak another language which is a key consideration when they enter aged care later in life. While the average migrant in Queensland is a New Zealander, in Victoria the average migrant is Indian and in New South Wales they would be Chinese. As Australia’s society becomes increasingly diverse and multicultural over the next decades, the need for a multicultural and multilingual care workforce will become a major priority for care providers.
With one in five Australians living with disability, there is a high likelihood that the average Australian will have one member of her family living with a disability. 2.4 million Australians with disability needed assistance with at least one activity of daily life and more than half of these Australians received formal assistance, either in the home or in specialised care. Once again, this makes it likely that the average Australian will be engaging with disability care workers and care providers, either for herself or a family member.
While we know there’s no such thing as an average Australian, we do know that most Australians will need access to high-quality carers and care providers at some stage in the near future. That’s why it’s our mission at CHARLTON BROWN® to develop exceptional care professionals who enrich the lives and communities of those they support. To develop the exceptional carers that every Australian will need at some point in their life, we ask one simple question – “Would I like this person caring for my loved one?”
If you’d like to join us in our mission to provide high quality care to those who need it, get in touch with us today to find out how you can get started on a qualification that combines the latest theory with hands-on learning from industry work placement opportunities.