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(/) MEMBER AREA (/PAGES/MEMBERS-AREA.HTML) DISABILITY STATISTICS What is Disability? A disability is any condition that restricts a person's mental, sensory or mobility functions. It may be caused by accident, trauma, genetics or disease. A disability may be temporary or permanent, total or partial, lifelong or acquired, visible or invisible. See our page What is Disability (/pages/what-is-a-disability.html) for more information. Demographics Over 4 million people in Australia have some form of disability. That's 1 in 5 people. 18.6% of females and 18.0% of males in Australia have disability. The likelihood of living with disability increases with age. 2 in 5 people with disability are 65 years or older. 1.8 million or 50.7 % of Australians aged 65 and over have disability, compared to 1 in 8 (12.5 %) aged under 65. 2.1 million Australians of working age (15 – 64 years) have disability. Types of Disability Only 4.4% of people with a disability in Australia use a wheelchair. 1 in 6 Australians are affected by hearing loss. There are approximately 30,000 Deaf Auslan users with total hearing loss [1]. Vision Australia estimates there are currently 357,000 people in Australia who are blind or have low vision. They project that the number of Australians who are blind or have low vision will grow to 564,000 by 2030. (Refractive error not included). [2] An estimated 10% of the population has dyslexia. That’s more than two million Australians. [3] 45% of Australians aged 16–85 years, experience a mental health condition during their lifetime. [4] 3 million Australians live with depression or anxiety. [5] Research shows job or financial loss can increase a person's risk of health problems, such as depression and anxiety. [6] Employment of People with Disability SEARCH
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People aged between 15 and 64 years with disability have both lower participation (53%) and higher unemployment rates (9.4%) than people without disability (83% and 4.9% respectively).
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