IN THIS ISSUE
ABOUT THIS PUBLICATION
This publication presents the first results from the 2012 Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers (SDAC) conducted throughout Australia from 5 August 2012 to 2 March 2013. This is the seventh comprehensive national survey conducted by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) to measure disability, following similar surveys in 1981, 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003 and 2009.
The survey collects information from three target populations; people with disability, older people (those aged 65 years and over), and people who care for people with disability or older people. Data from this survey is used to measure the prevalence of disability in Australia, measure the need for support of older people and those with disability, and provide a demographic and socio-economic profile of people with disability, older people and carers compared to the general population.
Tables of estimates and their corresponding relative standard errors (RSEs) are available in Data Cubes (spreadsheet format) and can be accessed in the Downloads tab of this publication.
DATA QUALITY AND COMPARABILITY
When interpreting the result in this release, it is important to take into account factors that may affect the reliability of the estimates. These factors are described in the Technical Note.
Much of the content from the 2012 SDAC is comparable to previous surveys. However, when comparing 2012 results with 2009, users should be aware that some differences may exist due to changes in question methodology and scope. Factors impacting on the comparability of estimates over time are detailed in the Explanatory Notes.
For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070.