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.