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This page presents snapshot information on disability and disability services in Australia, taken from:

Australian disability statistics are based on internationally agreed technical definitions of disability.

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Australians are living longer and getting more disability-free years

Most of the increase in life expectancy at birth between 2003 and 2015 was in disability free years.

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of the population have disability. That’s around 4.2 million people.

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of the population have severe or profound disability. That’s around 1.4 million people.

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2.7 million people

provide informal care to an older person or someone with disability or a long-term health condition. That’s around 12% of the population.

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2 to 1

The proportion of Indigenous people who need help with core activities is around double that of non-Indigenous Australians.

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1 in 5

people with disability who needed to see a medical specialist did not go mainly due to the cost.

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1 in 2

(51%) people aged 15–64 with severe or profound disability reported poor or fair health, compared with 6% for those without disability.

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316,500 Australians

experience incontinence. The majority are female (66%).

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Over 330,000 people

received disability support services under the National Disability Agreement in 2015–16, including some who transitioned to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) during the year.

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