Disability statistics: ABS report

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has published the findings of its 2018 Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers.

  • In 2018 there were 4.4 million Australians with disability, 17.7% of the population, down from 18.3% in 2015
  • Prevalence of disability increased with age – one in nine (11.6%) people aged 0-64 years and one in two (49.6%) people aged 65 years and over had disability
  • Disability prevalence was similar for males (17.6%) and females (17.8%)
  • 7% of all Australians had a profound or severe disability
  • Almost one-quarter (23.2%) of all people with disability reported a mental or behavioural disorder as their main condition, up from 21.5% in 2015.

Read Summary of SDAC 2018 and for more detail, the Disability Tables – SDAC 2018