- In 2018 there were 4.4 million Australians with disability, 17.7% of the population, down from 18.3% in 2015.
- The 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%).
- 5.7% 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.
- One in every six Australians (15.9% or 3.9 million people) was aged 65 years and over (up from 15.1% in 2015).
- Most older Australians (persons aged 65 years and over) were living in households (95.3%), with 4.6% living in cared accommodation.
- Half (49.6%) of all older Australians had disability (similar to 2015).
- 1.3 million older Australians living at home needed some assistance with everyday activities, and of these, almost two-thirds (65.9%) had their need fully met (down from 69.2% in 2015).
- Two-thirds (68.1%) of older Australians (who reported income) lived in a low income household (a household earning less than $756 per week).
- Almost all older Australians had participated in social activities at home (97.4%) or outside their home (94.4%) in the previous three months.
SOURCE: ABS. “4430.0 Disability, Ageing and Carers, Australia: Summary of Findings, 2018.” ABS, 24 October 2019.
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