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released: 21 Sep 2012 author: AIHW media release

In 2010-11, Australian governments spent $6.2 billion on a range of services under the National Disability Agreement (NDA). More than 314,000 people used disability support services provided under the NDA during this time, an increase of 7% from the previous year. Intellectual (30%), psychiatric (20%) and physical (17%) disabilities were the most common primary disabilities of service users. Most people needed some assistance in the activities of daily living (52%); independent living (60%); and work, education and community living (57%).

ISSN 1444-3589; ISBN 978-1-74249-347-3; Cat. no. DIS 60; 136pp.; $22

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Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material
    • Title and verso pages
    • Contents
    • Acknowledgments
    • Abbreviations
    • Summary
  • Body section
    • Introduction
      • National Disability Agreement
      • The DS NMDS collection
    • What are disability support services?
      • Who provides disability support services?
      • How many people used disability support services?
      • How many people who need disability support services receive them?
      • How much was spent on disability support services?
    • Who uses disability support services?
      • Age and sex
      • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander status
      • Country of birth
      • Living arrangements
      • Remoteness
      • Income source
      • Employment
      • New users and user exits
    • What were the functional needs of service users?
      • What types of disability did people have?
      • In what life areas was assistance needed?
    • Informal care
      • How many service users had an informal carer?
      • Who provided informal care?
    • How were services used?
      • Multiple service users
      • Combinations of services accessed
      • Measures of service quantity
  • End matter
    • Appendix A: About the DS NMDS
      • A.1 Brief history
      • A.2 Scope of the collection
      • A.3 Counts and definitions
      • A.4 Statistical linkage key
      • A.5 Data quality
      • A.7 Calculation of potential population
      • A.8 Further information
    • Appendix B: Additional tables
    • Glossary
    • References
    • List of tables
    • List of figures

Recommended citation

AIHW 2012. Disability support services: services provided under the National Disability Agreement 2010-11. Disability series. Cat. no. DIS 60. Canberra: AIHW.

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