Disability Statistics

In Australia:

  • 1 in 5 people have a disability
  • Approximately 3% have intellectual disability
  • Around 1.4 million people with disability have a severe or profound core activity limitation
  • Every 2 hrs, a child is diagnosed with an intellectual disability
  • Every 7 hrs, a child is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder
  • 1 in 1000 children born each year will have Down Syndrome
  • Every week 10 to 15 people sustain a severe brain injury

 

Disability support and employment:

  • 2.4 million people with disability need assistance with at least one broad area of activity
  • People with a profound disability are 9 times less likely to participate in activities outside the home
  • 45% of people living with disability in Australia are living either near or below the poverty line, more than double the OECD average of 22%
  • People living with disability in Australia are 2.7 times more likely to be at risk of poverty than other OECD countries
  • 53% of people with a disability aged 15 to 64 years are currently employed, compared with 83% of people without a disability

 

Disability and education:

  • 36% of people with a disability aged 18 to 64 years, have completed Year 12, compared with 60% of those without a disability
  • 50% of school children with a disability receive additional support including tuition, and access to counsellors or support workers
  • 25% of people with a profound or severe disability aged 15 to 64 years have completed Year 12