There are many different kinds of disability — some result from accidents, illness or genetic disorders, while others have no known cause. People with more restrictive disabilities may have difficulty with mobility, communication or caring for themselves. Having a disability may also affect a person’s participation in education, employment and social or community activities.
More than one-quarter (27%) of people reported they had a disability or restrictive long-term health condition.
The proportion of people with disability or a restrictive long-term health condition was:
- the same for males and females (both 27%)
- higher for people living in non-remote areas (28%) than remote areas (21%).
Eight per cent of people had a profound or severe disability . The proportion of people with a profound or severe disability was:
- about the same for males (9%) and females (8%)
- higher for people living in non-remote areas (9%) than remote areas (6%).
1. Refers to people with a profound or severe limitation when performing at least one selected task related to mobility, communication or self-care. See Explanatory notes