Type of income

In general, people with disability, especially those with severe or profound disability, are more likely than people without disability to receive a government pension, benefit or allowance (income support) and less likely to receive income from salary or wages. Of people aged 15 and over:

  • income support is the main income for 59% with disability, and 80% with severe or profound disability, compared with 15% without disability
  • salary or wages, including from their own incorporated business, is the main income for 24% with disability, and 7.7% with severe or profound disability, compared with 69% without disability (Figure 1).

This varies by sex and age. Of those aged 15 and over:

  • females with disability (22%) are less likely than males with disability (26%) to receive wages or salary
  • females with severe or profound disability (83%) are more likely than males with severe or profound disability (78%) to receive income support
  • people aged 65 and over with disability (75%) are more likely to receive income support than those without disability (56%), especially those with severe or profound disability (85%) (Figure 1).

Figure 1. Alternative text 

Stacked column chart showing main source of income for people with and without disability. The reader can select to display the chart by sex, by age group, including 15-24, 25-64, and 65+ years, and by disability status. The chart shows females with severe or profound disability are more likely (83%) to have government income support as their main source of income than those with other disability (54%).

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.