People with a Disability often fade into the background in our Society.

When out and about in the Community, only a small percentage of people will acknowledge, talk to, or see them, these are normally people who are living in the world of Disabilities, or know someone, a friend, a relative, or work within the Disability world.

People with Disabilities, like our Homeless are the most vulnerable people within our society. 


“More than 4 million people in Australia have disability, or around 18% of the population (2018). 

  • 1 in 2 (51%) are female
  • 1 in 4 (23%) have a mental or behavioural disorder as their main condition, including:
    • 6.5% with intellectual and developmental disorders (including autism)
    • 3.8% with mood affective disorders, such as depression
    • 2.7% with dementia or Alzheimer disease
  • 1 in 3 (32%) have severe or profound disability
  • 1 in 3 (30%) need help with health care
  • 1 in 4 (27%) need help with property maintenance
  • 1 in 4 (23%) need help with household chores
  • 1 in 2 (48%) aged 5 and over have a schooling or employment restriction (2018).

The prevalence of disability increases with age. Around 1 in 8 (12%) people aged under 65 have some level of disability, rising to 1 in 2 (50%) for those aged 65 and over. This means that the longer we live, the more likely we are to experience some form of disability.