About this report

Capturing the diverse experiences of people with disability in a reporting context is challenging. People with disability are not a homogenous group. They have different types and severities of disability; come from all demographic and socioeconomic groups; and interact, in varying degrees, with every aspect of Australian life across a multitude of social policy and program areas. This is compounded by differing understandings of what disability is and how to best capture it in data.

What this report does

This report uses the AIHW’s person-centred reporting framework to draw together information from a range of sources to look at the experiences of people with disability across their different areas of interaction (see Person-centred reporting framework). In drawing this information together, the report also highlights key data gaps that need to be filled (see Key data gaps).

The report is part of a wider system of data and reporting about people with disability in Australia. As such, rather than duplicate other efforts, it refers readers to other resources throughout. This includes to the:

  • Productivity Commission’s annual Report on Government Services—information on equity, effectiveness and efficiency of government services in Australia relating to people with disability
  • Department of Social Services—progress under the National Disability Strategy and National Disability Agreement (NDA)
  • National Disability Insurance Agency’s (NDIA) quarterly reporting on the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)—information on the NDIS in each jurisdiction.

The online report format makes it possible to readily update existing information and to add new content as data become available.

What this report does not do

This report does not include detailed information about several areas of significant interest to people with disability, their families and carers. This includes information about: carers; the disability workforce; the experiences of specific groups within the disability population; information on pathways and transitions (for example, from school to work); and interactions between different life areas in determining outcomes for people with disability.

Some of these areas will be covered in subsequent releases of this report. For some, however, little or no data are readily available and these will require data development or linkage of data before information can be reported (see Key data gaps).