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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.
Most of the increase in life expectancy at birth between 2009 and 2012 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 2012–13.
of disability support services had an informal carer in 2012–13. The number of service users with an informal carer has increased by 24% since 2008–09.
was spent by governments on disability support services in 2012–13.
This represents an increase, adjusted for inflation, of 23% since 2008–09.
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.