Reports and publications (published elsewhere)

Disability support services: services provided under the National Disability Agreement 2014-15

Posted on: 4 July, 2016
Issue: Vol 16 No 3, July 2016 – September 2016
Related to Disability Policies

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2016)
Disability support services: services provided under the National Disability Agreement 2014-15
Canberra: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

This report outlines the number of people in Australia in 2014-15 who accessed disability support services under the National Disability Agreement, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

In 2014-15, six percent of service users were Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, with most aged under 50 years (84%). Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander service users were generally younger than non-Indigenous service users, with one in three aged 0-17 years (33%) compared with one in five non-Indigenous service users (22%).

In 2014-15, two in five Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander service users lived in major cities (40%), compared with two in three non-Indigenous service users (68%). A further 28% lived in an inner regional area, 20% lived in an outer regional area, and 13% lived in a remote or very remote area, and did so in higher proportions than non-Indigenous service users (23%, 9%, and 1%, respectively).

Around one-third (33%) of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander service users aged 15 years and over were not in the labour force and is consistent with non-Indigenous service users. However, those in the labour force were less likely to be employed than their non-Indigenous counterparts, 22% of those aged 15 and over who were in the labour force were employed, compared with 33% of non-Indigenous service users aged 15 and over who were in the labour force.

Abstract adapted from Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

scroll to the top