Australia’s Disability Strategy Outcomes Framework: initial report is due to be released in early 2023.
This initial report will provide an overview of all measures being tracked under Australia’s Disability Strategy at ‘baseline’ – that is, when the Strategy began in December 2021. Moving forward, baseline data will be the point of comparison against which changes for each of the measures will be compared over the life of the Strategy.
This website reports on the Outcomes Framework, which is part of Australia’s Disability Strategy 2021–2031 (the Strategy). It uses data to look at things that people with disability have said need to improve if Australia is to be more inclusive.
The site shows what some areas of life were like for people with disability when the Strategy started. It will then look at how things are going until the Strategy ends in 2031. This information is available to everyone, and will help governments to make decisions and improve outcomes for people with disability.
Progress is reported by looking at the baseline and latest data for each measure:
Where measures have both baseline and latest data, these can be compared to see how things are tracking. Four symbols are used to show if things are getting better:
In December 2022, 47 measures are on this site. Initial progress from the first 6 months of the Strategy can be tracked for 11 of these measures. These results are preliminary. The updated measures are predominantly from NDIS data collections, as these have the most recent data updates. Many of the changes are small, and this should be taken into account when considering the results.
More measures from the Outcomes Framework will be added to the site as data become available. Rather than limit reporting to information that was available in 2021, people with disability wanted the Outcomes Framework to track some things that need future data development to enable reporting (see About future data development).
More information on how comparisons are made will be in the first annual report that will be available here in early 2023.
The data on this site come from a lot of different sources. Some information is collected by the Australian, state and territory government departments and agencies as part of the services they provide. Other information is collected in surveys.
For more information about the data used on this website, see Data dictionary and Data sources.
The best available data are used to report on how the Strategy is going. However, because most of the data sources used were created before the Strategy started, sometimes the data available does not match exactly what the Strategy would like to track.
For example, there are a lot of different ways to define ‘disability’. This can mean that sometimes data are not available for all the groups the Strategy would like to know about.
Diversity is an important part of reporting outcomes for people with disability. Currently, many data collections have limited ways to record diversity. For example, they ask only if someone is male or female.
New data sources will be developed to report more fully on people with disability.
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