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Disability, Ageing And Carers, Australia: Summary Of Findings, 2018

Friday 25 October 2019


From the Australian Bureau of Statistics:


Australian Bureau of Statistics

4430.0 - Disability, Ageing and Carers, Australia: Summary of Findings, 2018

LATEST ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 24/10/2019


In 2018, 17.7% of all Australians had disability, down from 18.3% in 2015 and 18.5% in 2012. Prevalence was similar for males and females:

  • 17.6% of males, down from 18.0% in 2015 and 18.0% in 2012
  • 17.8% of females, down from 18.6% in 2015 and 19.0% in 2012.

The age standardised disability rate was 16.1%, down from 17.0% in 2015 and 17.4% in 2012.

Disability - any limitation, restriction or impairment which restricts everyday activities and has lasted, or is likely to last, for at least six months. For more information see the Explanatory notes.
Age standardisation - removes the effects of age allowing comparisons between two or more populations with different age structures. For more information see the Explanatory notes.

Number of people with disability

The number of people with disability has increased. In 2018, there were 4.4 million people with disability (up from 4.3 million in 2015). Of all people with disability, 1.9 million were aged 65 years and over (up from 1.8 million in 2015):

  • representing almost half (44.5%) of all people with disability (up from 41.9% in 2015 and 40.7% in 2012); and
  • reflecting both an ageing population and increasing life expectancy of Australians.

Age and sex

The rate of disability generally increased with age for males and females:

  • 3.7% of 0-4 year olds had disability, increasing to 84.6% of those aged 90 years and over
  • the largest difference between males and females was for children aged 5-14years (12.0% of boys with disability compared with 7.1% of girls).

Disability prevalence rates by age and sex, 2018

Graph shows that disability prevalence rates increase with age, from 4.8% of males and 2.7% of females aged 0-4 years, to 85.1% of males and 84.3% of females aged 90 years and over.
Source(s): ABS Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers: Summary of Findings 2018


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