4427.0 - Young People with Disability, 2012  
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 30/04/2014  First Issue
   Page tools: Print Print Page Print all pages in this productPrint All RSS Feed RSS Bookmark and Share Search this Product

PREVALENCE OF DISABILITY

Children generally have lower rates of disability compared with older people. In 2012, 7% of all children aged 0-17 years had disability compared with 15% of those aged 18-64 years and 53% of those aged 65 years or over. This same pattern was observed across all States and Territories. Tasmania reported one of the highest prevalence of disability rates amongst children aged 0-17 years (11%) compared with the Northern Territory which reported one of the lowest (6%).

Boys tended to have higher rates of disability compared with girls, accounting for 61% of all children with disability in this age group. They also tended to have more severe forms of disability compared with girls (Graph 1) with 7% of boys having a core activity limitation compared with 4% of girls.


Graph 1: Disability status by sex (0-17 years), 2012