Disability is an umbrella term for any or all of the following:

  • impairment – problems in body function or structure
  • activity limitation – difficulties in executing activities
  • participation restriction – problems an individual may experience in involvement in life situations.

People with disability who need support to participate in various facets of life can use specialist disability services, mainstream services (such as education and healthcare), and/or be supported by informal carers. They may also receive income support to help with everyday costs of living.

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Latest findings

2 in 3 NDIS participants spent their free time doing activities that interested them in the fourth quarter of 2021–22

45% of people with disability (aged 20–64) had completed Year 12 or equivalent in 2018 compared with 37% in 2012

1 in 2 people with disability aged 18–24 were experiencing high or very high levels of psychological distress in 2018

24% of adults with disability experience very good or excellent health, compared with 65% without disability

32% of adults with disability experience high/very high psychological distress, compared with 8.0% without disability

47% of adults with disability have experienced violence after the age of 15, compared with 36% without disability