4430.0 - Disability, Ageing and Carers, Australia: Summary of Findings, 2009 Quality Declaration 
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 16/12/2010   
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This publication presents a summary of results from the Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers (SDAC) conducted by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) throughout Australia, from April to December 2009. The primary objective of the survey was to collect information about three population groups:

  • people with a disability
  • older people (i.e. those aged 60 years and over)
  • people who provide assistance to older people and people with disabilities.

The SDAC was also conducted in 2003 and this publication presents some comparisons with the 2003 survey. The 2009 SDAC was largely a repeat of the 2003 survey, with some additions to content in the areas of unmet demand for assistance, social inclusion, and labour force participation. Comparisons with previous disability surveys are also possible, see paragraph 47 of the Explanatory Notes.

All tables appearing in this publication are included in a Data Cube (spreadsheet format) available on the ABS website <http//www.abs.gov.au> and are accompanied by corresponding Relative Standard Error tables. A series of staggered releases in the form of Data Cubes will be appended to this product between January and April 2011. A summary publication, which will be a consolidation of the progressive releases, will be released on 28 April 2011.

The differences between data items highlighted in the Summary are all statistically significant, see Technical Note (paragraphs 13 to 15) for further details.


As estimates have been rounded, discrepancies may occur between sums of the component items and totals.


For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070.