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).

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.