Additional aids

What is being tracked?

Measure: Proportion of people with disability who do not need additional aids

This measure is part of the Availability of assistive technology priority of the Strategy. This priority is about improving access to assistive technologies and aids for people with disability.

The desired outcome is that more people with disability do not need additional aids.

This measure will be replaced during the life of the Strategy once available data allow the following to be tracked – proportion of people with disability who can access the assistive technology they need.

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Outcome area: Personal and community support Priority: Availability of assistive technology

  • Baseline value

    94%in 2018

  • Latest value

    94%in 2018

Status not known yet more data from after the Strategy started are needed

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Has the proportion of people with disability who do not need additional aids changed over time?

The data in the graph and the table below show the proportion of people with disability (of all ages) who do not need additional aids. Data from 2012 to 2018 are used. In 2012, 2015 and 2018, 94% of people with disability did not need additional aids.

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics – Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers (SDAC) | Data source overview

State and territory

Does the proportion of people with disability who do not need additional aids vary between states and territories?

The data in the graph and the table below show the proportion of people with disability (of all ages) who do not need additional aids, grouped by Australian states and territories. In 2018, 96% of people with disability in Western Australia did not need additional aids, and 92% of those in Tasmania.

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics – Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers (SDAC) | Data source overview

Population groups

How this measure varies by…

  • Does the proportion of people with disability who do not need additional aids vary for First Nations people and non-Indigenous Australians?

    The data in the graph and the table below show the proportion of people with disability (of all ages) who do not need additional aids, by Indigenous status. In 2018, 93% of First Nations people with disability did not need additional aids, and 94% of non-Indigenous people.

    Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics – Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers (SDAC) | Data source overview

  • Does the proportion of people with disability who do not need additional aids vary by sex?

    The data in the graph and the table below show the proportion of people with disability (of all ages) who do not need additional aids, for males and females. In 2018, 95% of males and 93% of females with disability did not need additional aids.

    Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics – Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers (SDAC) | Data source overview

  • Does the proportion of people with disability who do not need additional aids vary by age?

    The data in the graph and the table below show the proportion of people with disability (of all ages) who do not need additional aids, grouped by age. In 2018, 96% of people with disability aged 15–24 did not need additional aids, compared with 93% of those aged 45–64.

    Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics – Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers (SDAC) | Data source overview

  • Does the proportion of people with disability who do not need additional aids vary by cultural and linguistic diversity background?

    The data in the graph and the table below show the proportion of people with disability (of all ages) who do not need additional aids, by culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) status. In 2018, 94% of people from CALD backgrounds with disability did not need additional aids, the same as among the non-CALD group.

    Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics – Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers (SDAC) | Data source overview

  • Does the proportion of people with disability who do not need additional aids vary by remoteness?

    The data in the graph and the table below show the proportion of people with disability (of all ages) who do not need additional aids, grouped by remoteness. In 2018, 95% of people with disability living in outer regional and remote areas and 94% in major cities and inner regional areas did not need additional aids.

    Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics – Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers (SDAC) | Data source overview

  • Does the proportion of people with disability who do not need additional aids vary by disability group?

    The data in the graph and the table below show the proportion of people with disability (of all ages) who do not need additional aids, by disability group. In 2018, 92% of people with sensory and speech disability, intellectual disability, or physical restriction did not need additional aids, compared with 88% of those with head injury, stroke or acquired brain injury.

    Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics – Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers (SDAC) | Data source overview

  • Does the proportion of people with disability who do not need additional aids vary by severity of disability?

    The data in the graph and the table below show the proportion of people with disability (of all ages) who do not need additional aids, grouped by disability severity. In 2018, the proportion of people with disability who did not need additional aids was 87% for people with severe or profound disability and 97% for people with other disability status.

    Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics – Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers (SDAC) | Data source overview

Where did these data come from?

Data on additional aids come from survey data collected by the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

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