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Disability Statistics


In 2015, almost one in five Australians were living with a disability, with 6% of the population reporting a severe or profound disability. [1]

The majority of disability support service users were born in Australia (86%). 10% were born in a predominantly non-English speaking country and 4% in a predominantly English-speaking country. [2]


People with a profound disability are 9 times less likely to participate in activities outside the home [3]

45% of those with a disability in Australia are living either near or below the poverty line, more than double the OECD average of 22% [4]

Incidences of Disabilities

Every 13 hrs, a child is born with cerebral palsy [4]

1 in 1000 children born each year will have Down Syndrome [4]

Every 7 hrs, a child is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder [4]

Fragile X Syndrome affects around 1 in 3,600 boys and between 1 in 4,000 – 6,000 girls [5]


In 2015–16, around 331,800 people received disability support services. 32% of NDIS service users had a physical disability, 29% had a psychiatric disability and 28% had an intellectual disability. [2]

Nearly 2.7 million people provide informal care to someone with disability or a long-term health condition. That’s around 11.6% of the population. [1]

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