While 90% of working-age (aged 15–64) people with disability in the labour force are employed, others face challenges seeking and engaging in employment. This is reflected in their generally lower rates of labour force participation and employment, and higher rates of unemployment, compared with working-age people without disability.

Employment is linked not only to income and economic security, but to other aspects of wellbeing. Problems finding or keeping employment can, for example, have broader impacts on living conditions and opportunities for the individual, their family and the wider community (AIHW 2017).

This domain looks at:

  • the participation of working-age people with disability in the labour force (such as their rates of labour force participation, employment and unemployment)
  • how they participate in the labour force (for example, part versus full-time employment)
  • their occupations when employed
  • needs they may have in seeking or keeping employment.

Where can I find out more?

Detailed data tables are available at Data.

More information:


AIHW (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare) 2017. Australia’s welfare 2017. Australia’s welfare series no. 13. AUS 214. Canberra: AIHW. https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/australias-welfare/australias-welfare-2017/contents/table-of-contents