4433.0.55.007 - Unmet Need for Formal Assistance, 2012  
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Participation in employment provides personal, economic and social benefits for all people, however those with disability may face numerous barriers to employment. Labour force participation rates provide a measure of the proportion of the population who are either employed or actively looking for work. Overall, the labour force participation rate of people of working age (15-64 years) with disability was lower (52.8%) than for those without disability (82.5%).

People needing assistance were even less likely to be in the labour force (40.5%), and those with an unmet need for formal assistance less likely again (35.8%). People whose needs for formal assistance were fully met had a slightly higher likelihood of participating in the labour force (42.0%).

Graph Image for All persons(a), Whether has disability and Whether formal assistance needs met, by Labour force participation, 2012

Footnote(s): a) Persons aged 15-64 years living in Households

Source(s): Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers, Australia, 2012


Those in low income households are defined as people in the bottom two quintiles of equivalised household income. Around one in five (21.8%) Australians aged 15-64 years were in low income households in 2012. Amongst people with disability, this proportion increased to 40.7%, and increased again for those who had an unmet need for formal assistance (53.5%, or 205,800 people). This was slightly higher than for those who needed formal assistance whose needs were met (48.3%, or 143,100 people).

Amongst those with disability who expressed a need for formal assistance, people with higher incomes were the most likely to have their needs met (52.5%) compared with people in low income households (41.0%).