Home type

About 4 in 5 (82%) people with disability living at home or in the community live in a separate house (that is, a house separated from other dwellings by at least half a metre—see ABS: dwelling structure for classifications). This is similar to those without disability (83%).

Older people (aged 65 and over) with and without disability, are less likely to live in a separate house than younger people (aged under 65):

  • people with disability—80% compared with 84%
  • people without disability—82% compared with 84%.

The most common type of home for people with disability who do not live in a separate house is a single storey semi-detached house (such as a row or terrace house or townhouse) (40%) (Figure 1).


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 data.