Working full or part time

When employed, working-age people with disability are less likely to work full time (56%) and more likely to work part time (44%) than those without disability (Table 1). This is especially the case for working-age people with severe or profound disability:

  • 37% of those employed work full time, compared with 58% with other disability
  • 63% work part time, compared with 41%.

Table 1: Working-age people(a) who are employed, disability status by whether employed full time or part time, 2015 (%)


With disability

With disability—severe or profound(b)

With disability—other status(c)

Without disability

Employed full time





Employed part time





(a) Aged 15–64 living in households.

(b) Severe or profound core activity limitation—always or sometimes needing assistance or supervision with self-care, mobility, and/or communication.

(c) Disability with status other than severe or profound core activity limitation.

Note: Percentage is of people in each group who are employed.

Source: ABS 2016; see also Table S5.

While most employed working-age people with disability work full time, recent years have seen a shift from full-time towards part-time work (AIHW 2017). For example, between 2003 and 2015, the proportion working:

  • full time decreased from 63% to 56%, and from 49% to 37% for those with severe or profound disability
  • part time increased from 37% to 44%, and from 49% to 63% for those with severe or profound disability.

Employed working-age females with disability are less likely to work full time and more likely to work part time than their male counterparts:

  • 42% worked full time, compared with 70%
  • 58% worked part time, compared with 31%.


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.

AIHW (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare) 2017. Disability in Australia: changes over time in inclusion and participation in employment. Cat. no. DIS 68. Canberra: AIHW.