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This page presents snapshot information on disability and disability services in Australia, taken from:

Australian disability statistics are based on internationally agreed technical definitions of disability.

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Australians are living longer and getting more disability-free years.

Most of the increase in life expectancy at birth between 2009 and 2012 was in disability free years.

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of the population have disability. That’s around 4.2 million people.

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of the population have severe or profound disability. That’s around 1.4 million people.

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2.7 million people

provide informal care to an older person or someone with disability or a long-term health condition. That’s around 12% of the population.

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The proportion of Indigenous people who need help with core activities is around double that of non-Indigenous Australians.

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316,500 Australians

experience incontinence. The majority are female (66%).

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321,500 people

received disability support services in 2013–14.

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140,500 users

of disability support services had an informal carer in 2013–14. The number of service users with an informal carer has increased by 19% since 2009–10.

4,200 users

of disability support services transitioned to the National Disability Insurance Scheme in 2013–14.

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1.2 million people

received services from disability support services and/or the Home and Community Care program (HACC) program in 2010–11, including 54,800 who used both disability support services and HACC services, 259,400 who used only disability support services, and 879,500 who used only HACC services.

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