People with disability, and their households and families, are less likely than people without disability to have a high level of income.

While most people aged 15 and over with disability (95%) have income—and are more likely to do so than those without disability (91%) (Figure 1)—this income is more likely to come primarily from income support rather than from salary or wages.

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Detailed data tables are available at Data.

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People with disability who need help with living costs may access government payments. This includes disability-specific payments (such as Disability Support Pension) and other ‘mainstream’ payments (such as Newstart Allowance). For more information see Income support.


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. 

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Figure 1

Stacked column chart showing whether a person has a source of income for people with and without disability in ten year age groups from 15-24 to 65+ years. The reader can select to display the chart by sex. The chart shows women with disability aged 25-34 are more likely (97%) to have a source of income than those without disability (92%). Back to figure 1