Discrimination

Employed working-age people with disability (10%) are less likely than those who are unemployed (29%) to have experienced disability discrimination in the last year.

For about 2 in 5 (40%) employed working-age people with disability, the source of that discrimination was an employer. For about 1 in 3 (34%), it was a work colleague.

For more information on discrimination, see Disability discrimination.

Table 1: Working-age people with disability(a) who experienced discrimination in the last 12 months, source of discrimination or unfair treatment, by employment status, 2015 (%)

Source of discrimination or unfair treatment

Employed

Unemployed

Employer

40.4

46.9

Colleague

33.8

*11.0

Other source

57.4

67.5

* Estimate has a relative standard error of 25–50% and should be used with caution.

(a) Aged 15–64 with disability living in households. Collected for people who had a personal interview.

Note: More than one source may be reported.

Source: ABS 2016; see also Table S4.

Unemployed working-age people with disability (46%) are more likely than those who are employed (41%) to have avoided work in the last year because of their disability (Table 2).

Table 2: Working-age people with disability(a) who avoided situations in the last 12 months because of their disability, whether avoided work, by employment status, 2015 (%)

Type of situation avoided

Employed

Unemployed

Work

40.8

45.6

 

Situation(s) other than work

92.4

88.9

 

(a) Aged 15–64 with disability living in households. Collected for people who had a personal interview.

Note: More than one situation may be reported.

Source: ABS 2016.

References

ABS (Australian Bureau of Statistics) 2016. Microdata: disability, ageing and carers, Australia, 2015. ABS cat. no. 4430.0.30.002. Canberra: ABS. AIHW analysis of TableBuilder.