Key data gaps

Although much is known about how people with disability experience life in Australia, critical data gaps remain. These limit the ability to present a comprehensive and insightful picture, including about pathways through and across multiple service systems and the extent to which these contribute to positive outcomes.

This section presents key data gaps about people with disability. It also looks at opportunities to enhance available information through:

  • maximising the use of existing data sources
  • improving the quality and comparability of data sources
  • adding to data sources.

The gaps and opportunities presented are not exhaustive. Rather, they are intended to form a basis for discussion. The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) continues to work with other statistical agencies and data custodians to maximise, streamline and improve the collection of data about people with disability.