On any given day last year an estimated 63,000 Australians received 74,000 services provided or funded under the Commonwealth/State Disability Agreement (CSDA), according to a report released by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare.
Services provided under the CSDA are designed for people who need ongoing support with everyday life activities.
In 1999, 64% of people receiving disability support services needed support with self-care. About 55% needed support with mobility, and 68% with communication, while 81% needed support with managing emotions.
Support was needed continually by many people, ranging from 18% needing continual support for 'mobility' to 35% needing continual support for 'working'.
The main income source for 83% of adults receiving services was the Disability Support Pension.
Of all people receiving services, one-third (21,157) were in Victoria. New South Wales had the second highest number (16,350), followed by Western Australia (9,109) and Queensland (8,012).
Over 6,600 outlets are funded under the CSDA to provide services. Through these:
Of people receiving services in 1999:
Information in this report relies on data collected by each State and Territory and the Commonwealth.
8 November 2000
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