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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.
Almost all of the increase in life expectancy at birth between 2003 and 2009 was in disability free years.
of the population have disability. That’s around 4.2 million people.
of the population have severe or profound disability. That’s around 1.4 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.
The proportion of Indigenous people who need help with core activities is around double that of non-Indigenous Australians.
experience incontinence. The majority are female (66%).
received disability support services in 2011–12.
of disability support services had an informal carer in 2011–12. The number of service users with an informal carer has increased by 24% since 2007–08.
was spent by governments on disability support services in 2011–12.
This represents an increase, adjusted for inflation, of 28% since 2007–08 when governments spent $5.4 billion on disability support services.
Disability support services: services provided under the National Disability Agreement 2011–12
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