Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disability in Australia
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disability publication includes an analysis of results from the 2015 Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers.
All information in this profile refers to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
- Almost 1 in 4 reported living with disability in Australia* in 2015
- Higher rates of disability were experienced across all age groups when compared to non-Indigenous people
- Around 1 in 3 people with disability had profound or severe disability
- Around 3 in 5 people with disability needed assistance with at least one activity of daily life
- Experiences of discrimination due to disability were almost twice as likely than non-Indigenous people
- Around 2 in 5 people with disability lived in a major city
- Over half of people with disability reported Year 11 or higher as their highest level of education. This has increased significantly since 2012
- 41.7% of people with disability participated in the labour force**
- 1 in 3 people with disability lived in a household in the lowest income quintile
*All results are for persons living in households. This does not include those living in very remote and discrete communities.
**Labour force figures are for persons aged between 15 and 64 years.
Further information is available in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People with Disability, Disability, Ageing and Carers, Australia: Summary of Findings, 2015 (cat no. 4430.0) available from the ABS website (www.abs.gov.au). A PDF version of the information is available from the Downloads tab of this publication.