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The 2012 Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers (SDAC) estimates that almost 1 in 5 Australians have a disability. This estimate includes all those with any disability including mild and severe disabilities . The SHSC identifies people with core activity limitations and their level of need for assistance in different life areas including those that may impact on housing and employment, and differentiates them from people without activity limitations. The analysis of the availability and appropriateness of homelessness services for this group of clients allows for comparable information about people with disability across a range of government services.
The SHSC disability questions are asked of all clients and are based on core activity limitations and whether the client has any need for assistance with these activities. In this report, people who identified that they had a limitation in core activities (self-care, mobility and/or communication) and who also reported that they always or sometimes needed assistance with the core activities are described as having a disability. Details about measuring disability in the SHSC and the definition of a client with a disability are provided in the Technical information section.
In 2014–15 23,272 clients (or 11% of the SHS population) reported a limitation with a core activity. The distribution of these clients, by the extent of their need for assistance, is presented in Figure DIS.1. The categories of self-care, mobility and communication are not mutually exclusive as a client can have a need for assistance for more than one core activity.
Of the 23,272 clients reporting a limitation with self-care, mobility or communication:
Source: Specialist homelessness services 2014–15, National supplementary table DIS.2 (702KB XLS).
Of the 3 categories of core activities:
This is the second year for which information on clients based on core activity limitations together with their level of need for assistance has been collected. In 2014–15, of the 23,272 clients who had a core activity limitation, 8,789 clients (or 4% of all SHS clients) answered that they ‘always/sometimes need help and/or supervision’ with self-care, mobility or communication (Table DIS.1). It is these clients who are described in this section.
Rates are crude rates based on the Australian estimated resident population (ERP) at 30 June of the reference year.
* Indicates where previously published data have been revised to ensure consistent reporting over time.
Source: Specialist homelessness services annual reports 2013–14 and 2014–15.
In 2014–15 changes occurred in the way agencies are required to report ‘main reason’ and ‘reasons for seeking assistance’. Comparisons over time should be made with caution as the reporting of housing crisis, financial difficulties and housing affordability stress may be inconsistent between agencies. See Technical information for further details.
Support received by clients with a disability was longer than the general SHS population, suggesting that these clients are presenting with potentially more complex needs. In 2014–15 clients who always/sometimes need help and/or supervision with self-care, mobility or communication:
Of the clients reporting that they always/sometimes need help and/or supervision with self-care, mobility or communication in 2014–15:
Source: Specialist homelessness services 2014–15, National supplementary table DIS.3 (702KB XLS).
Source: Specialist homelessness services 2014–15, National supplementary table DIS.4 (702KB XLS).
Of clients (aged 15 and over) who required assistance for their disability (nearly 6,000), 90% reported that their main source of income was a government payment, in particular:
A larger proportion of male clients (52%) reported that their main source of income was from the Disability Support Pension, compared with females (46%). Clients who require assistance for a disability were less likely to report their main source of income as the parenting payment (6% compared with 19% of all SHS clients).
Note: Excludes ‘Other basic assistance’, ‘Advice/information’, and ‘Advocacy/liaison on behalf of client’.
Source: Specialist homelessness services 2014–15, National supplementary table DIS.5 (702KB XLS).
Note: Per cent calculations based on Total clients, excluding ‘Not stated’.
Source: Specialist homelessness services 2014–15, National supplementary table DIS.6 (702KB XLS).
Of those clients with a disability and who had closed support (about 6,200 clients):
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