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).

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Figure 1 Alternative text

Bar chart showing five categories of private dwelling type (other than separate house) for people with and without disability. The reader can select to display the chart by age group, including under 65, 65+ and all ages. The chart shows people with disability aged under 65 are more likely (25%) to live in a flat or apartment in a 1 or 2 storey block than those aged 65 and over (14%).


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.