Overview

People with disability interact with every aspect of social policy and programs in Australia. They access both specialist and mainstream services across a wide variety of areas. Many also receive support through informal carers.

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Service users were 4.7 times as likely to die before aged 65 compared with the general population

6.3% of service user deaths were caused by perinatal and congenital conditions

Rates of potentially avoidable deaths for male service users was 1.5 times as high as the rate for females

About two-thirds (67%) of service users had an informal carer, most often their mother (65%)

Around three-quarters (77%) of service users aged 15 and over who were in the labour force were unemployed.

In 2018-19, about 230,000 people used disability support services under the National Disability Agreement (NDA)

More reports and statistics on disability services can be found under Disability.