This indicator is designed to measure an individual's ability to get help quickly. It gauges whether an individual is part of a social network.
It is based on the knowledge that Australian society is changing. The birth rate and marriage rate are both declining whilst the divorce rate is escalating. The rising generation are also likely to postpone marriage and parenthood. These factors, plus others associated with an ageing population, are driving the rise of single-person households. Social engagement in paid work, caring for others, and participation in clubs and sporting groups act as buffer against loneliness.
Close personal networks can be sources of benefits such as confidence, emotional support, practical help, contacts, resources and other forms of assistance.
People Who Can Get Help from Friends, Family or Neighbours When Needed: expressed as a percentage of the adult population.
The "Yes, definitely" survey response has been used to derived the measure.
Can you get help from friends, family and neighbours when needed? Yes, definitely; Sometimes; No, not at all.
For 2004, the question wording was slightly different - Can you get help from friends, family or neighbours when you need it?